Carews commemorate 50 years of marriage Jim and Joy Carew celebrated their 50th anniversary July 14.

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002

The couple was married July 14, 1952, in Kent City, Mich. Jim worked as a chemist for Dow Chemical where he invented the vapor phase chromatography column that is now used in hospitals, doctors' offices and labs.

Jim's dream of coming to Alaska was brought to fruition when he was hired by the Federal Aviation Association in 1960. They drove from Coleman, Mich., in a 1957 International truck with five small children, two dogs and no working heater.


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Joy was nervous because she thought Alaska was all ice and snow where people lived in igloos.

They arrived in Fairbanks in March 1960, and in 1968, the year after Fairbanks flooded, they moved to Anchorage, remaining there until 1978.

They then moved to Nikiski and built a home. Jim retired from the FAA in 1988.

Jim and Joy remain active in community groups such as the Redoubt Homemakers and Pioneers of Alaska. They have held positions with both groups. This year they were voted king and queen of the Kenai branch of Pioneers of Alaska and rode in the Fourth of July Parade.

Jim enjoys gardening and his greenhouse. Joy enjoys quilting and sewing.

They celebrated their anniversary with close family at a barbecue. Family members who attended included Joy's sister, Marie and her daughters and their families, Marie and Dan Clausen, Sherry Trotter, Julie Metzer, Brenda Landry and Shannon Reinhart.

The couple's five children are Bob Carew, Tanley Martinez and Linda Hollingsworth-Seeman all of Nikiski, Susan Church of Anchorage, Tom Carew of Copper Center and Russ Carew of Brainard, Minn. They also have 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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