On Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, John and Sharon Williams of Kenai celebrated 40 years together.
Today, Dec. 21, the couple will celebrate a blessing of their marriage during morning Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church. A reception downstairs will follow the Mass.
The couple met in Nikiski early in 1968 and were married by Rev Roy Moore at the home of Bob and Dorothy Clark. Attending Sharon and John were Ruth Hastings as matron of honor and Robert Bethurem as best man. Assisting at a reception at the couple's residence in Bernice Lake Estates was Claudia Dyer, Jim Harris and Fern Turner.
Sharon, daughter of Dan and Thelma Isaacs, moved with her parents from Washington state and was working at Mildred's Beauty Salon.
John, son of Jack Williams, came to Kenai from California via Fairbanks and was working for Chemical Construction Company helping to build Colliers Carbon and Chemical plant, later known as Agrium.
Over the years the couple have been active members of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic church, as well as in their community, serving in positions of both public and private service. Sharon continued working as a stylist and then later worked for many years at Kenai Peninsula Community College. John sold real estate, taught at KPCC, retired from there, and then served as Kenai city mayor¿¿for 18 years and Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor for three.
John and Sharon's family includes Donna Williams of Anchorage and Debbie and Dave Harris, Kippy and Orlando Mena and John M. and Amy Williams, all of Kenai. They also take pride in their grandchildren, Duncan, Derrek, Marcus, Morgan, Tyler, Kelsey, Ryan and Samantha.
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