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Victoria Streib Smith

Victoria Streib Smith, born June 26, 1958 in Concord, Mass., died Feb. 24, 2018 in Seattle, where she went to care for her aging parents. Victoria’s first nine years were in Bedford, Mass.  Her family moved to Bellevue, Wash. in 1967 where her father worked for Boeing. After high school, she graduated with a bachelor’s in General Science from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.  She then went to the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a master’s in Soil Science. During this time, she met Michael Jenkins at the 1986 Agronomy Meetings in New Orleans.

Michael started courting Victoria not long after that meeting. Victoria accepted his overtures and they were married on Father’s Day 1988. Their life then became peripatetic, moving from Riverside, Cali. to San Diego, then to Braunschweig, Germany, and then to New York where Victoria started working for the National Resource Conservation Service mapping soils in southwestern New York.

After Mike got a research position with the U.S. Agricultural Service, and Tycho was born in 1999, the family moved to Athens, Ga., where Victoria started a writing business.

In 2012, Victoria and family moved to Oxford, where Victoria started an Emotions Anonymous group, was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford and participated in many art activities.

Donations in her memory may be made to Emotions Anonymous, PO Box 4245 St. Paul, MN 55104-0245. A Celebration of Victoria’s Life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford (31 County Road 198) on Sunday, July 1 at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Gail Stratton will officiate.