Paul and Darleen Morrison of Kenai will mark their 50th wedding an-niversary Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004.
Paul Morrison lived on a farm and graduated from high school in Rudd, Iowa, in 1950. Darleen Hemphill lived in town and graduated from a home-school program in Charles City, Iowa, in 1952. They met through a mutual friend.
The couple became engaged in May 1953 while Paul was in the Navy and home on leave. They married Dec. 12, 1954, in Charles City at the First Methodist Church.
Paul was stationed in Long Beach, Calif., so they lived there until he was deployed back to Japan. Darleen went home to to Charles City until he got out of the Navy. They then moved to California and stayed for 23 years. Paul got a job at the Collier Carbon and Chemical Company in Brea, Calif.
Paul came to Alaska in 1972 to work a shut down in the Kenai area and asked Darleen to come up that year to see the beauty of the place. They both fell in love with the Kenai area. Paul transferred to a new plant, Unocal Chemicals, in 1977.
After retiring in 1991, they sold their home, moved into a motor home and started traveling. They visited every state but two during the next 12 years.
The Morrisons plan to stay in Kenai. After being in so many states, Paul and Darleen said they still like living here better than anywhere.
In California, they camped, water skied, went to the beach and enjoyed night clubs. In Alaska, they snowmachined, went to the Elks, bowled and fished. They said the best years of their life have been spent in Alaska.
The Morrisons had three daughters, Sherrie Dawn, Denise and Crystal, who were born in Orange Country, Calif. They have three grandchildren, William Choate, Kaysea Choate and Shiloh Morrison, who were born in Alaska.
The Morrisons will have an open house to celebrate their 50th anniversary Dec. 12, 2004, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Kenai Elks Lodge No. 2425 on Barnacle Way in Kenai.
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