Walla Walla couple celebrate 90th birthdays in style - Etcetera - 8/30/13

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It’s the big nine-oh for James “Jim” and Marybelle Savage who will celebrate their nonagenarian status with friends and family on Sunday.

Joined by their children, Barbara and Roy Buttice of Walla Walla, David and Laurie Savage and Nancy and Roger Paige, all of Seattle, and Sharon and Jerry Hagan of Eugene, the couple will share cake and memories from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Park Garden Center.

“When Jim gave Marybelle a box of Valentine chocolates in second grade at St. Patrick’s School in 1930, he surely never imagined that in 2013 they would be celebrating 65 years of marriage and their 90th birthdays,” daughter Barbara emailed.

Both were active in the community, Jim working for Jack Alyward and later William R. O’Rourke as a sheet metal worker.

In fact, if you drive around town with Jim, he can point out various places where he designed and installed duct work, Barbara said.

In the late 1940s, Marybelle taught nursing in the St. Mary’s Hospital nursing program.

Then following time off to be with their children, she returned as a nursing instructor for 25 years at Walla Walla Community College.

She volunteered countless hours at Carnegie Art Center in retirement and remains an avid supporter of the WWCC nursing program.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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