Virginia  Voelker

Virginia Lee Voelker (Smell)

Thursday, July 14th, 1938 - Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
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Virginia L. Voelker, 82, of Atchison, KS, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, KS.

A private family service will be held at the First Baptist Church, with Rev. Michael Strickland officiating. The body will be cremated following the services and burial of the cremated remains will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Topeka, KS at a later date. Virginia will lay in state from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home for those that want to sign the register book and view the body. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church or Alzheimer’s Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences and memories may be left online at

Virginia was born July 14, 1938 in Topeka, KS, the daughter of Keith and Grace (Eubank) Smell. She graduated from Topeka High School in 1956. Virginia had an in home child care before working at Exchange National Bank as a proof operator. Virginia was also a Mary-Kay Consultant for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she served on multiple boards and committees. Virginia was a member of the Atchison Hospital Auxiliary, PEO Chapter J, Junior Guild, American Baptist Women and multiple bridge clubs.

Virginia married Paul Frank Voelker, Jr., on August 21, 1955, in Topeka, KS. He preceded her in death on November 19, 2015. Survivors include a son Steve (Mary) Voelker, Mission, KS, two daughters, Patty (Dwight) Gaul, Atchison, KS and Diane (Stephen) Neelly, Woodbury, MN, a sister, Ramona (Andre) Grable, Las Vegas, NV, a sister in law Carol Smell, Ottawa, KS, seven grandchildren, Mike (Jennifer) Gaul, Chris (Tracy) Gaul, Cortney (Cody) Boeck, Sarah (Garrett) Luttig, Cale (Michelle) Neelly, Dean Voelker, and Tori Voelker and twelve great grandchildren, Ethan, Holden, Madalinn, Marlee, Baxter, Sealy, Salem, Kaden, Theryn, Arwyn, Valor, Esme.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Keith Smell, Jr and Bill Smell.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 1st, 2020 | 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Sunday, November 1st, 2020 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Chapel
    800 Kansas Ave.
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Virginia Voelker will lay in state from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday November 1, 2020, for anyone that wants to sign the register book and view the body.
  • Service

    First Baptist Church
    1640 Riley Street
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A private family service will be held at the First Baptist Church, with Rev. Michael Strickland officiating. The body will be cremated following the services and burial of the cremated remains will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Topeka, KS at a later date.
    Rev. Michael Strickland


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Andrea Sciammas

Posted at 02:15am
Aunt Virginia I will always cherish you and remember you as being one of the kindest people i know. I picture you today the same way I pictured you when I was a child. You never aged, you were classy and timeless. I can hear your distinct voice now asking about my family and telling me you love me. You were truly an Angel God put on earth to help others and lead by example. You will be missed but never forgotten. Give Uncle Paul and my mom hugs and kisses. Love you always.

Kelley Stillings

Posted at 05:54pm
Your mother was the sweetest lady I knew. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all your family.

Charlene Sanders

Posted at 12:54pm
Love and Prayers to each of you! Praying that you find peace in your special memories of a great lady! Charlene (Perkins) Sanders

Lilli Smith

Posted at 02:52pm
Patty, Diane, Steve and family,
My heart aches for you. Aunt Ginny was such a warm, loving, caring and giving person. Even though our lives took us in a different direction, Kansas is always 'home' to me. And memories of our families getting together are precious. When we spoke on the phone, Aunt Ginny would always ask how my family was doing, and we'd compare kids, grandkids and great grandkids count...Well, she has me outnumbered for sure, and boy she was proud of her kids! I always enjoyed being able to visit with Uncle Paul and Aunt Ginny when they would make trips out to California and get together with her siblings, my dad, Keith, Uncle Bill, Aunt Mona and their spouses. They had such a good time . I felt it was awesome that they spent time together even though they lived far apart....they stayed connected. She would make it a point to visit my brother, Matt, in the home. That's how I remember my Aunt Ginny to be...a loving and giving person. She will be greatly missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kim Tackett

Posted at 01:29am
If I was to choose one thing about my Aunt Virginia I admired most it was her love for my Uncle Paul. She greatly loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren but she especially loved her husband my mom’s brother. Their story of meeting at one of his baseball games when she was a teenager was always a happy retelling for them both. Years later when their grandchildren re-enacted their wedding it was such a sweet event just as I imagined them. Both my Aunt and Uncle liked to laugh and would listen as the other spoke then finish the story for the other. It was not unusual for my uncle to walk up to her and sling his arm around her and surprise her with a kiss, she would almost always get slightly flustered then either smile at him or say his name. It was sweet and obvious they were very much in love even after so many years of marriage. I will miss her as I know we all loved her. It makes me happy to know she is now united with my Uncle Paul. It’s where I know she is happiest and that makes my heart happy for her.

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