Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2006

Herricks mark 50 years

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Patty and Jim Herrick: Now

Jim and Patty Herrick of Nikiski celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 1, 2006, at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

They were married June 28, 1956, in Anchorage.

Party coordination was provided by Val Jacobson. Out-of-state guests included Patty’s sister, Vada, of Oregon; brother Jim and his wife, Donna, of Washington; classmates, Red and Fay Lindemood of Oregon; and surprise guests, grandsons Barry and Kyle Epperson from Tallahassee, Fla. Also attending were more than 100 guests from around Alaska.


Patty and Jim Herrick: Then

Patty and her mother came to Anchorage in June 1950 to join her father, who had arrived in 1949. She graduated in 1956 from the new Anchorage High School (now West). Jim drove the Alaska Highway in November 1951 at the age of 17, bringing his mother and younger brother with him. They joined his father, who first came to Alaska in 1946, and youngest brother, who flew to Anchorage in October that year. Jim was in the last graduating class from the old Anchorage High School on Sixth Avenue in 1953.

The couple met in 1954 when Patty was a sophomore in high school. After their wedding they moved into their first home on Oregon Drive. At the time of their marriage, Jim was a civilian employee and member of the Alaska Air National Guard. In 1956 he was drafted into the Army and served two years at Fort Richardson.

Jim and Patty were residents of Anchorage until June 1996. They sold their hanger on Lake Hood in 1995 and their home on Huffman Road in 1996. A few weeks later they bought a bigger hanger in Nikiski. They lived in their motor home next to the hanger for a few months, until they found their perfect home in Nikiski.

Jim is retired civil service and military and Patty retired from the Anchorage School District, food service division. Their children are Don Herrick and Debbie Herrick, both of Anchorage, and Dale Herrick of Nikiski. Their grandchildren are Barry and Kyle Epperson of Tallahassee, and Trent Eckert and Donny Herrick, both of Nikiski.

Wrights celebrate 50 years together


Beth and Kearlee Wright

Kearlee and Beth Wright celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, with friends and family in Idaho.

The couple are longtime residents and pioneers in Soldotna.

Alvin Kearlee Wright and Mary Elizabeth Spalding met at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Kearlee was a senior and Beth was a freshman. They were married Aug. 26, 1956.

Kearlee recalls fondly a beautiful woman calling to him from across the courtyard, “I knew it was Kearlee Wright, you have his ears.” She had been introduced to him the year before while visiting her sister on campus.

The couple moved to Anchorage in 1960. A year later they moved to Soldotna and helped open the Big K grocery store. In 1984 the first floor of the Best Western King Salmon Motel was built. Over the next several years another floor was added and the restaurant, RV park and laundromat were built. After more than 30 years of business the Big K grocery store closed.

Through their residency in Soldotna, Kearlee has served as mayor and has been on the city council.

They are members of the Sterling ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where they have both served in many church positions.

The couple’s children are Kearlee Ray and wife, Misty, who live in Soldotna with their three children Jaden, Canyon and the newest grandchild, Lilly Anne; Kerry and wife, Beth, live in Wasilla with their four children Casey, Jenna, Mandy and Steven; and Kaelene Peterson and husband, John, live in Glendora, Calif. with their two children Katelin and Cole. Their youngest daughter, Lisa Sheilds, died in 1995, leaving behind her husband, Greg, and their four children Rex, Sam, Andy and Ty, all residing in Springville, Utah. Greg remarried in 2001 to DeAnn Hatch.

The family wrote, “Mom and Dad: Fifty years of happy married life. Fifty golden years of being husband and wife. You still have many more years and so, as you continue hand in hand, may your love ever grow.”

Forms for engagements and weddings are available at the Clarion’s Kenai office. Color or black and white pictures also may be submitted. Photos with an address written on the back will be returned.

Weddings must be submitted within six months to be printed. For more information, call 283-7551.

Attention brides and grooms!

Do you have a wedding story to share? Post the details and photos of your happy occasion on the Clarion’s Web site, Selected submissions will be printed in upcoming weddings sections in Sunday’s Clarion.

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