Tidwell, Martha Higdon, 2011-2012 HFA President


Martha Higdon Tidwell is the second of two children born to Mildred and Reece Higdon, at the Gorgas Hosipital in Ancon, Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, while her father was working for the Corp of Engineers. Martha lived a wonderful and fun childhood growing up in Bakersfield, CA (in the same house) before leaving for college. 

Martha's paternal grandparents are William Thomas and Mary Elmire Arp Higdon of Higdon Store, GA. Martha has two children, Jeffrey Robert Tidwell of Dallas, TX, and Dawn Elizabeth Tidwell Tschirhart, (married to David) of Dale, TX, and mother of Martha's only grandchild, Mark Andrew Tschirhart, and one brother, William R. (Bill) Higdon of Moon, VA, (married to Janice M. Higdon), both past presidents and current members of HFA. 
After graduating high school, Martha attened Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, but this was interrupted by her marriage and the subsequent and very frequent moves around the US and the world. She lived for a time in Japan (where her daughter was born) and then relocated back to California while her husband served in Vietnam. Her son, Jeff, was born in Bakersfield, BA, during that time. After returning to the US and living in multiple Northern California cities, she returned to school at California State Univeristy at Long Beach, studying Computer Science while residing in Huntington Beach, CA. 
Shortly thereafter, Martha made her home in Humble, TX, Louisvile, KY, finally settling in Plano, TX. Over the course of many years, Martha has had multiple careers as a farmer, equestrian, retail owner, marketing executive, and is currently working on-site at PepsiCo in Plano, TX as a Relationship Manager overseeing the contract hiring of all IT personnel for PepsiCo and Frito Lay. 
Martha loves tennis, all types of equestrian events, biking, pilates and yoga. Martha is a life time member of the United States Pony Club and a former Board of Governor of the wonderful organization. "I am looking forward to mastering my recent birthday present from my grandson and daughter, a Wii Fit Plus! My grandson hooked it all up and now I just need to learn how to use it and get in better shape! 

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