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Date published: 11/4/2012


Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Cooper Smart of Fredericksburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Curtis, to Marshall Boynton Powell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bragg Powell of White Stone, Va. Mrs. Frank Fogwill Smart Jr. of White Stone is the paternal grandmother of the bride.

Ms. Smart is a graduate of Stafford High School and received a bachelor's degree in sociology from James Madison University, where she was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. She completed teacher certification at California State University, Northridge, and was certified as a specialist in autism spectrum disorders at Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches fifth-grade language arts at Linwood Holton Elementary School in Richmond.

Mr. Powell graduated from Christchurch Episcopal School. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Radford University and earned his master's in information technology from Virginia Tech. He is a software engineer at Red Hat Consulting Inc. in Richmond.

The wedding is planned for December 2012 in Las Vegas.