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Arthur Clement Smith and Marian “Lee” Higdon were married on Aug. 18, 1962 in St Augustine Church in Lebanon.
Art was a U.S. Air Force firefighter 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. 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 with Tucker.
Art is an avid classic car restorer and Lee enjoys needlework, English mystery novels and her hospice ministry.
The couple will have a private celebration in Albuquerque in August with their families and will then celebrate with a 50th anniversary Mediterranean cruise in September.