Couple Celebrates 55 Years of Wedded Bliss with Window Visit at Garden Gate

Couple Celebrates 55 Years of Wedded Bliss with Window Visit at Garden Gate

August 27, 2020 Garden Gate, Press Room

Employees at The McGuire Group’s Garden Gate Health Care Facility in Cheektowaga are excited to help resident Pat Smith and her husband Lee celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on Friday, August 28th at 3 pm with a special window visit at the facility.

Due to regulations with COVID, Lee won’t be able to go into the facility, but that won’t stop the celebration from happening! The staff at Garden Gate have a knack for arranging creative window visits and are planning to have balloons, decorations, cake and non-alcoholic champagne ready for the couple to enjoy!

Pat was born in Terre Haute, Indiana and moved to Grand Island when she was 11 years old. She met her future husband, Lee Smith, shortly after her family relocated and the couple grew up together.  

Lee worked for the Grand Island post office for 30 years while Pat was employed with Moore Business Forms for more than 20 years.

The Smiths were actually married twice. The first time was on August 26, 1965 in the Stephens Rectory, along with 7 other couples, and once again during a traditional church wedding on August 28th, 1965.

The Smiths enjoyed travelling to Florida in the winter, visiting with their daughter in Bowling Green, Kentucky and family in Indiana. They especially enjoyed entertaining, and the couple hosted many celebrations, card games and bonfires with friends.

They enjoyed playing Scrabble together, watching Wheel of Fortune and spending time with their grandchildren.

Their passion remains for one another; and while they cannot spend time together as they once did, they still enjoy one another simply in a different way.

Garden Gate Health Care Facility provides subacute and outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, Journeys palliative care and respite/short-term care. The facility continuously receives 5-star ratings from the federal government and finished in the first quintile of NY State’s quality benchmarking pool for 6 out of 6 years. For more information visit                                        


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