John and Kathy Smith celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 3, 2014. John H. Smith and Kathleen Doleman met at Walla Walla College in 1952 and were married in Cottage Grove, Ore., on June 3, 1954.
During their first year of married life they returned to Chicago, Ill., where John finished his Doctor of Optometry degree at Northern Illinois College of Optometry. Kathy worked at the American Bar Association during his schooling. Following his graduation they moved to Spokane, Wash., in 1956 where he spent 35 years practicing optometry. Kathy was a stay-at-home mom, and after the girls left for academy she assisted with the everyday operations of the office.
Since retirement in 1991, John and Kathy have enjoyed their summer months in Spokane, and they spend the winters in the Palm Springs, Calif., area. They are active members of the Spokane Central Church.
The Smith family includes Judy Trudeau of East Wenatchee, Wash.; Valerie and Ron Mellor of McKinleyville, Calif.; and 4 grandchildren.