Burnses celebrate 50th anniversary

Posted: Sunday, November 26, 2006


  Wendell and Betty Burns

Wendell and Betty Burns

Wendell and Betty Burns will mark their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, Dec. 38, 2006.

The couple was married Dec. 28, 1956, in Warren, Penn. They left their home state of Pennsylvania, drove the Alaska Highway and arrived in Anchorage in 1957 with daughters Dixie, age 3, and Debbie, 2. Cecile came along in December 1957.

Mr. Burns worked and retired from the Federal Aviation Administration and Mrs. Burns was a homemaker, Girl Scout leader and figure skating instructor. Her love of ice skating was infectious and rubbed off on the girls. She was instrumental in promoting the sport in Anchorage and Mr. Burns chipped in hanging off the rafters running spotlights at ice shows in the old sports arena.

Mrs. Burns worked for a time at JC Penney after the girls got older and retired from ATU. The family survived the 1964 earthquake and remained strong in recent years battling serious health issues.

The couple enjoys traveling in their RV and spending time in Arizona in the winter.

They have three daughters and two sons-in-laws, Dixie and Brian Gillespie of Peters Creek, Debbie and Robert McCree of Kenai and Cecile Judevine of Cashmere, Wash.; six grandchildren, Misty, MacKenzie, Stephanie, Corey, Austin and Tyler; and one great-granddaughter RaShae, who is the light of their lives.

The couple has had many friends on the Kenai Peninsula, who are invited to celebrate their anniversary at a surprise gathering hosted by their children Dec. 30. For more information on the time and location, contact Dixie Burns-Gillespie in Peter’s Creek at 688-3026 or Debbie Burns-McCree in Kenai at 335-0175.

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