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Clydea M. Smith

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at Trinity Temple Assembly of God for Clydea M. Smith of Artesia.

Smith, 78, went home Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Artesia, surrounded by loved ones.

Pastor Bobby Argo will officiate at the services, with interment to follow at Twin Oaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jerry Robinson, Skiiler Cheatham, Justin Robinson, Duncan Vernon, David Beltran, Andrew Anderson and Ezekiel Montoya.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today at Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Clydea Mae Lamb was born Sept. 21, 1938, at the Bray Homestead in Healdton, Okla., to Clyde Deward and Lilly Maude (Reeves) Lamb, the third youngest of four children.

In February 1956, she married Harlen Darby Vernon in Louisiana. He preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 1962, and was buried in Healdton. In May 1963, Clydea and her children moved to Artesia. On May 18, 1985, she married Vernon E. Smith in Artesia. They had a marriage full of love and happiness, and she was “his gal” until his passing on Aug. 11, 2011.

Anyone who knew Clydea knew her love for her children and all of her grand- and great-grandchildren. She worked for the Artesia Public Schools as a teacher’s aide for the special education program and also drove a school bus and was a swimming teacher for many years. She was a member of Trinity Temple Assembly of God and had a close, personal relationship with our Lord and Savior.

Survivors include brother David Lamb and wife Maria of Santee, Calif.; children Darby Vernon and Darla Vernon, both of Artesia, Harlen Vernon and wife Linda of Silverton, Texas, and Denise Robinson and husband Roger of Ulysses, Kans.; stepdaughter Tina Hale and husband Brett of Las Cruces; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Gloria and Martha; her two husbands; stepson Kirk Smith; and her grandbabies who were too perfect for this world.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.