Virginia L. (Hammersmith) Rathbun

Virginia L. (Hammersmith) Rathbun, 81, formerly of Natoma, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at her daughter’s home in McPherson.

She was born Feb. 13, 1939, in Russell to Alfonse and Silverina I. (Quint) Hammersmith. She grew up in Gorham and Plainville and was a 1957 graduate of Plainville High School.

She married James L. Rathbun on July 18, 1964, in Gorham. She worked at the Russell State Bank from 1963 to 1970, then moved to Plainville in 1971 and worked at the Storm Insurance Agency. In 1976, she moved south of Natoma and worked for the first National Bank of Natoma for 32 years and retired in 2010. They moved from Natoma to Via Christi Village Assisted Living Center, Hays in December of 2017.

She a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Plainville, the Daughters of Isabella in Gorham for over 50 years, and American Legion Auxiliary in Natoma.

Survivors include her husband, Hays; a son, Jason Rathbun and wife, Dawn, Zurich; two daughters, Beth Fyler and husband, Ron, Olmitz and Joy Hohmann and husband, Scott, McPherson; a brother, Alfred Hammersmith and wife, Mary, Hays; 10 grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Alfred Hammersmith and wife, Mary, Hays; and many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Marvin Hammersmith; a sister, Darlene Mattas; and a daughter-in-law, Kristin (Miller) Rathbun.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Russell; inurnment in St. Mary Cemetery, Gorham.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, both at the church.

A vigil and a Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Bluestem P.A.C.E. of McPherson in care of the mortuary.

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Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent via e-mail to or can be left at guest book at

Posted online on November 11, 2020