Anniversary Les and Linda Cunnington

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Les and Linda Cunnington of Walla Walla celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 3, 2012, at the Elk's Lodge in Walla Walla.

Their three children hosted the event, attended by family and friends.

The Cunningtons renewed their wedding vows in a ceremony performed by nephew Joe Biggs of Davis, Calif. Their 4-year-old great-grandaughters, Allyson and Tayahn, were flower girls.

Les and Linda met in the fourth-grade at Berney School. A move separated them, but they once again were classmates at Pioneer Junior High and Walla Walla High School. Both graduated in 1961.

They married June 3, 1962, at Pioneer Methodist Church in Walla Walla. Linda's maiden name is McFarland.

Les worked for Low Cost Drugs for 32 years, specializing in selling sporting goods and doing advertising for the stores. In 1994 he worked for Bi-Mart until his retirement in 2003.

Linda worked for the Social Security Administration from 1961 until her retirement in 1990. She then was office manager and later director of the Work Readiness program for The Center for Sharing until 2000.

Both are avid trail motorcyclists and played Jack and Jill volleyball, soccer and softball.

They coached some of their children's games and watched them all for about 15 years. They now watch their grandchildren's games and await their great-granddaughter's soccer debut this fall.

Since retirement they enjoy visiting their large, extended family and friends and often meet for yearly reunion campouts or trips.

Linda is a volunteer lay counselor at Good Samaritan Ministries and helps lead a musical sing-along hour at Quail Run Retirement Center once a month.

Les's hobbies include photography and computer research.

They have two sons, Greg of Canyon Lakes, Calif. and Jason of Spokane; a daughter, Lisa Baxter of Walla Walla; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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