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Arthur Clement Smith and Marian "Lee" Higdon were married on August 18, 1962 in Saint Augustine Church in Lebanon. Art was a U.S. Air Force fire fighter for 21 years, serving in Southeastern Asia, Germany and in the United States. He spent an additional 20 years in civil service as a firefighter until he retired in 2004. Lee obtained her diploma in nursing in 1978 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and has worked for Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 1978 in both administration and hospice care. She is currently a Eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Clovis, N.M. and has served as RCIA coordinator and instructor for that community.
The couple have three children all of Albuquerque, N.M. They are Martin and his wife Roberta with their children Mikhaela and Gabriella; Kelly and his wife Alfreda with their son Aaron James (AJ) and Elizabeth Anita and Tucker.
The couple will have a private celebration in Albuquerque, N.M. in August with their families and will then celebrate with a 50th anniversary Mediterranean cruise in September.