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Marie Virginia Smith

Marie Virginia Smith

Pine River

Marie Virginia Smith (Knutson), 95, of Pine River, passed away March 9, 2014.

She was born Feb. 19, 1919, in Albert Lea, Minn., to Jack and Elizabeth (Metraus) Knutson. She moved with her parents to Pine River, Minn., at age 9. She attended school there, graduating from high school in 1937 and from Teachers Normal Training (TNT) class in 1938. She then taught school at Agate Lake School near Brainerd, Minn.

In 1939, she was married to Donald Hugh Smith Sr. From this union three sons were born: Donald H. Smith Jr., William E. Smith and David C. Smith. William died at the age of 6 weeks.

She spent most of her life in service to others through DFL politics, Bi-County Community Action Program, Pine River Area Food Shelf and her church. She was also heavily involved in the Cass County Fair where she served on the board and exhibited for 60 years.

She is survived by two sons, Donald H. (Wenonah) Smith Jr. and David C. (Carol) Smith; grandchildren, Tawnya C. Smith, Sammie Smith, Sherri Ewsichek and other grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don Sr.; infant son, William; three brothers, Merrill Knutson, John Knutson and Bob Knutson; and two sisters, Almira Rhoades and Alice Mary Knutson.

Funeral service was at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 16. Visitation began at noon before the service. Both visitation and funeral were at First Lutheran Church located at 309 Second St. N., Pine River, MN 56474. Burial was to be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River. Memorials may be directed to the family, in c/o Kline Funeral Home in Pine River.