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MALTA-Virginia Mae Smith Duty, 70 a homemaker passed away at Rosetta Assisted living in Helena, MT on April 24th 2016.

    Her funeral services will be at 2 pm, April 27th 2016 (Her 71st Birthday) at Kirkwood Funeral Home with Pastor Steven Heppner officiating. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at

    Virginia was born in Malta, on April 27, 1945 to Henry & Nellie (See) Smith. She was raised on a farm North of Malta, graduating from Malta High School in 1963. She attended Northern Montana College in Havre.

    She married John Duty of Malta on June 19th, 1966 in Malta. The couple had 3 children, Kaja, Jon & Gina. They farmed East of Malta for over 20 years. They divorced in December 1988

    Virginia worked for several years part time at First State Bank, she was a Fuller Brush representative, but her passion was her Green Thumb at Porters Green House for a number of years until she was disabled by brain aneurysms in December of 1991.

    She spent the next 22 years living independently & enjoying life. The last 3 years were in Helena at Rosetta Assisted Living, bringing smiles to people's faces & being remembered for her Hugs & Laughter.

    Virginia was preceded in Death by her mother Nellie (See) Smith, her father Henry Smith, and her grandson Thad Duty.

    Survivors include her children, Kaja Duty of Billings, Jon & Chantel Duty of Helena, Gina & Justin Lamb of Malta; six grandchildren, Deven & Traeton Duty, Gerome, Jalen, Justine, & Giona Lamb.

Guest Book

From: Diane F Smith

"I'm free at last."
My condolences to the family in the loss of your Mom and Grandma. Virginia was always a smiling happy go lucky person when I would see her, and was always grateful for the times I gave her rides home from downtown, and always liked to visit.
Thank God she is free and no longer trapped in her unwilling body. Rest in Peace Virginia, my little friend.

From: Peggy Wash

When a person passes, we often think of the regrets we have. My regret is that I didn't get to know more about Virginia and her family, from her. I regret not being able to spend time with her. What I am thankful for tho is her son and daughters. They show that she was a caring Mother and person. I am thankful that she was good to my daughter and grandson, treating them with love and kindness. You are God's Blessing and I am happy you are with Him now Virginia.

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