Virginia "Ginger" Danna Maddi Smith

Born in Houston, Texas on October 24, 1944

Departed on June 27, 2020 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Virginia “Ginger” Danna Maddi Smith- Age 75, of Nashville, passed away June 27, 2020.
She attended Blessed Sacrament School, Incarnate Word Academy, Mount Carmel High School, and Austin High School. She was awarded a scholarship in Drama and attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Ginger loved to dance. In high school, Ginger was a featured dancer on KTRK’s The Larry Kane Show. She was part of a small group chosen to make the trip to Philadelphia to dance on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. After being set up on a blind date by a mutual friend, Ginger met a handsome young local musician named Gary Smith. Gary says that he knew as soon as he met her, that Ginger was different than any other girl he had ever met before. She stole his heart that night, and she would always and forever be his girl... no matter what...she will remain the love of his life. They began their union as man and wife in October of 1962. The young couple made their home in Houston joined quickly by their daughter Danna, and soon after that, son John Gary Smith Jr... Their life together was always an adventure. Over the years, Ginger raised her young children, taught dance lessons at Dance City USA, worked various jobs in retail, was the co-owner of several successful establishments, worked in the medical field, spent time as an amateur forensic scientist, and was almost always running some type of self-employed entrepreneurial business on the side. She was an extraordinary artist who enjoyed learning, and using different techniques in her artwork. Hobbies included travel, gardening, reading, shopping, and cooking. Ginger made the best meatballs ever...this is not an is a fact. She loved music, especially her husband’s music. She was Gary’s biggest fan and loved life on the road! Most importantly, she loved Jesus, and she loved to pray for others. She prayed for everybody, and any situation you asked her to pray was as if she had a direct line to God at all times. Her family was her pride and joy and Ginger had an amazing relationship with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She gave so much of herself to everyone and in return, she asked for nothing. She will be greatly missed, but her family finds comfort knowing that she is watching over them all from her front row seat in Heaven...with all of her animals snuggled up in her lap. Ginger had a V.I.P. backstage pass for sure!!!
Preceded in death by her parents Frances Ignacia Danna Maddi and Thomas John Maddi. Survived by her loving husband of 58 years J. Gary Smith; children Danna Fox Smith Lynde (Hal) and John Gary Smith, Jr. (Mandy); 7 grandchildren Justin Fox (Erin) Whitney Moore (Daniel), Gabrielle Rota, Dominic Rota (Lauren Kisner, Fiancée), William Lynde (Arden Johnson, Fiancée), Cason Smith and Keeley Smith; 6 great-grandchildren Benjamin Fox, Charlotte Fox, Annie Moore, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Margaret Moore, Stella Fox and Mary; sister Frances Maddi Harris; several extended family and friends.
A Life Celebration will be held 2:30pm, Sunday, July 12th at The Pavilion at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service.
Harpeth Hills Funeral Home 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN, 37221, 615-646-9292,

35 Comments to Virginia "Ginger" Danna Maddi Smith

  1. Jo Crowe
    June 30, 2020 11:38 am

    May your memory not be forgotten.

  2. John Muir
    July 2, 2020 6:38 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Please read John 5::25-29.

    • Debbie Burnaman
      July 11, 2020 1:12 am

      Your family did so much for me Mom, Bobby and I can’t even explain the genuine love I will never forget how close her my mom got and she was absolutely beautiful inside.and our too many memories to even express! Ginger Maddie Smith you were an angel and now you are are rest ❤️ never to be forgotten! .

  3. Patti White
    July 9, 2020 5:15 am

    Ginger’s strength lives on in all of you! Continued prayers for you all, with love and sorrow.

  4. Kay Stephenson
    July 9, 2020 8:27 am

    Beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady! May God hold you in his arms sweet Ginger.

  5. Carole (Parker) Starke-Knudsen
    July 9, 2020 8:54 am

    A very special lady. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  6. Kelly & Van Perelli-Minetti
    July 9, 2020 9:10 am

    What a beautiful tribute! Sending all our love and comfort to your incredible family.

  7. Denise Whiting
    July 9, 2020 9:48 am

    Even though I haven’t seen her in a while, she always had a special place in my heart. Will miss her infectious laughter.

  8. Charlie Cash
    July 9, 2020 9:53 am

    Love you Cuz.

  9. Libby Lawson
    July 9, 2020 9:58 am

    A beautiful tribute for a beautiful lady inside and out.

    God bless each and everyone of you,.
    God give you strength in today and days ahead.
    Love ❤️

  10. Jarrod, Stacey, Nick, Kyle, Justin, and Cece Hedden
    July 9, 2020 10:24 am

    We sure wish we could attend. Please know your Canadian family is sending love to each of you! Ginger lives on in each one of you. What a beautiful, sweet and kind woman you all were so blessed to have in your lives. I know we all feel so honoured to have known Ginger, and to have loved her.

  11. Jeannie Knight
    July 9, 2020 11:05 am

    Ginger was a wonderful woman. Always full of life. She loved her family so much.

  12. Dan and Karla White
    July 9, 2020 11:52 am

    A beautiful tribute for a beautiful person! Sending love to all of the family!

  13. Debra Dooley
    July 9, 2020 12:05 pm

    Wrapping all of you in prayers that you may find comfort in rejoicing with each other your wonderful memories of her. Ginger is now out of pain and with the Lord our God…a place where angels sing and watch over us. A place where we followers of Jesus Christ will join our loved ones some day. May God wrap His loving arms around you all. Love!

  14. Linda Ward Holley
    July 9, 2020 12:57 pm

    Gary, Danna, and John, my prayers are for comfort for you all. May all your wonderful memories be a blessing to you. Love.

  15. Michele Ritter
    July 9, 2020 1:25 pm

    Ginger was a bright shining light to all who encountered her!!!!!!💖💖💖💖

  16. Dennis Greenawald
    July 9, 2020 1:28 pm

    I’m very sorry for your loss, I pray God will ease your pain and guide your path ahead.

  17. Sandi Friedman
    July 9, 2020 2:05 pm

    Mary Frances and family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Ginger was always with a smile and helping hands. I know she was special to you growing up and being there for one another as your parents passed on. Remember all the good times. That will keep her always in your heart.

  18. Kim and Bill Nash
    July 9, 2020 2:05 pm

    We are sending all our love and prayers your way Gary. We can’t be there for the celebration of Ginger’s life but our hearts are with you and your whole beautiful family. We adored Ginger!
    She was one in a million and she will be missed until we see her again in Heaven.
    You can’t lose something if you know where it is. We know where she is, thank you Jesus

  19. Jerry Brown
    July 9, 2020 4:32 pm

    Ginger was FAMILY and I have been honored to have known her for 50 years. She, Gary, Danna and John lived with me in Las Vegas for a few months in the early 1970’s on one of “their adventures”. She was the perfect friend. Loving, funny and would help anyone that needed help. God, you have the sweetest person I know with you now.
    Jerry and Dana Brown

  20. Mary Ann Hebinck
    July 9, 2020 7:55 pm

    My condolences to all of Ginger’s family. We grew up in the same neighborhood, attending Blessed Sacrament School and Austin High and dancing on The Larry Kane Show. We briefly reconnected on Facebook and I hadn’t heard anything for quite some time. It saddens me to learn of her passing. She was so full of life. May you all find comfort in the memories. This was a beautiful tribute.

  21. Tanya Barfield
    July 9, 2020 8:05 pm

    I always remember the smile on your face and the look of endearment you had when speaking about your kids or watching Gary on stage. That comes from a beautiful spirit.

  22. Cindy Dugger Hendricks
    July 9, 2020 8:23 pm

    Gary, Danna, & John – what a wonderful tribute to Ginger. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this most difficult time.

  23. Phyllis Kiser Nesloney
    July 9, 2020 9:14 pm

    My love goes out to the entire family. I remember sweet Ginger the most with a smile on her face sitting in the back room of Texas Breeze. What a kind and loving person she was and those that were blessed to have known her were very lucky. She brought happiness to anyone she met. May the Lord hold her in His loving arms and may she Rest In Peace. Much love you you all! Phyllis

  24. Dene Hofheinz Anton
    July 9, 2020 11:47 pm

    Beautiful Ginger,
    We won,t miss you so much because we will be thinking of you often.
    Save us some seats! LoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLove 🎶


  25. Chris Reed
    July 9, 2020 11:48 pm

    One of the sweetest loving women I have been blessed to know. We shall hold her near I. Our hearts with fond memories. Sending our love to all💙💗💙

  26. Sherry Greenawald
    July 11, 2020 12:02 am

    Ginger was always a very classy lady in my eyes. My prayers of comfort go out to Gary, Danna, John and to all friends and family. She will be with all in our heart forever. God Blessed is all for knowing her.

  27. Bruce Tinch
    July 11, 2020 12:47 am

    My heart is with you 100%, unfortunately I’m two years ahead of you. Donna is so beautiful and you can see her goodness in peace in her face,, Gary it is a new day for you now one inch at a time, I’m here with you in one phone call, what a blessing for you to have shared life with Donna, now a new life awaits you someday in the days to come, peace be with you Gary, your pal Bruce Tinch

  28. Linda McGuire Carrier
    July 11, 2020 5:42 am

    Sending prayers for comfort n strength during this difficult time My heart breaks for you. Ginger fly high sweet angel. We will meet again

  29. Carol Mixon Harder
    July 11, 2020 7:40 am

    She was so special. My heart breaks with yours.

  30. Matthew McElroy
    July 11, 2020 8:41 am

    I wish I was able to attend her celebration of life but I’ll have to send my thoughts and prayers from afar. Sending love your way. Ginger truly was one of the sweetest people I have ever met in my life. Best wishes to all family members. You are in my thoughts.

  31. Jennifer Belle
    July 11, 2020 9:12 am

    I will never forget when I first met Ginger, the way she made me feel, that I had known her for years even though I only knew her since September of 2018….. She had such warm hugs and such a passion for loving and caring for her family!…Will always remember and cherish our chats and time spent together….the time we went driving around Nashville and girl time at Nordstrom’s….and yes, her cooking was awesome!
    I am forever blessed as well to have had her as part of my musical journey…… She had such a fabulous eye for style and fashion……boy, she sure knew what she was doing whether it be choosing an outfit for a photoshoot or choosing those special pictures out of hundreds!…..She was timeless!
    Ginger, thank you for being my friend and for making me feel so special!….. I will always remember you! Thank you for being our angel on Earth!

  32. Susan Stecz
    July 11, 2020 10:43 am

    Thank you, Ginger, for being the special person that took Jennifer Belle into your home and guided her through her musical journey with your loving husband and son. Even though we didn’t have a chance to meet, I feel that I have spiritually met the beautiful lady that you were. I know that you will be looking down and protecting all who love you. You are a special angel that God had chosen to bring home sooner than when we wanted. You will always remain in our hearts.

  33. Diane Petronella Melia
    July 11, 2020 3:45 pm

    Even though I have not seen Ginger in years we were able to reconnect on FB a few years ago. I will never forget the fun times when we were young teenagers and used to walk down Canal St. My daddy would always fuss at us because he said we weren’t dressed properly and our shorts were a little too short!! I am so sorry for your loss but Ginger will forever be in your hearts!❤️

  34. Shirley Sanders Seymour
    July 11, 2020 5:33 pm

    A very sweet lady. I remember Ginger well from Jerry’s and the LKS. Prayers for Ginger’s family. May she rest in peace.

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