Leroy and Madeline Hansen of Walla Walla celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by attending the wedding of eldest grandchild, Jeremy Hansen to Lorrayne Pinza.
Son Ray Hansen will host a family barbecue in June.
Leroy and Madeline met through her uncle, Donny Myrick, and began dating in 1960. They married May 17, 1962.
Leroy worked at several jobs prior to and after school, including at a malt shop in College Place and in seasonal jobs topping onions and working for Walla Walla Grain Growers Association.
After graduating from Walla Walla High School he worked at Mark Drobney's American Station on Ninth Avenue and Birch Street while studying to be a licensed optician.
Once licensed he managed the Bausch and Lomb office on Main Street, then later worked for Dr. John Bond. He is now starting his 50th year as an optician and still sees patients at the Penny Lane Clinic of Dr. Jaime Coleman.
He enjoys cars and raced his 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner at Bonanza Raceways in the 1970s.
A devoted homemaker and mother, Madeline also worked part-time for Roger's Cannery and Brumbach's House of Music. She was a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Zeta Chi and the Women's Bowling Association.
The Hansens played a few years on a Jack and Jill softball team and faithfully attended their children's and grandchildren's sporting and music events. They enjoy gardening together.
Their son and daughter, Ray Hansen and Ronda Garner, live in Walla Walla. They also have five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and adopted as surrogate parents or grandparents by a several young people they have grown close to over the years.