Edward and Patricia Spence

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Edward and Patricia Spence of Milton-Freewater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday.

The Spences, who wed on Nov. 22, 1963, in Lewiston, have lived the past 49 years in their home at Ferndale Road and the Old Highway. They’re planning a gathering in early summer to celebrate their marriage with family and friends.

Ed was a maintenance supervisor consultant for Rogers Walla Walla Cannery, American Fine Foods and Chiquita until health problems forced his retirement in 2001. He and Pat owned and operated Plaza Launderette in Milton-Freewater for 17 years. Ed did all his own maintenance. In earlier years he raised three gardens and the family had Guernsey milk cows, chickens, pigs and turkeys. He still has a large garden he shares with friends and raises two steers a year. As one neighbor says “I can’t think of anything Ed can’t make or fix.”

A homemaker, Pat enjoys decorating their home inside and out. She marks the seasons by changing the baskets and wreaths on the house. She is an avid reader and enjoys television and the many friends they have made over the years.

Ed and Pat traveled to Quartzite, Ariz., annually for 17 years; Yuma, Ariz. for two years and also to South Dakota. They enjoy wonderful times with their children, grandchildren and friends at their mountain home in the Tollgate area.

They have eight children, Jeff of Seattle, Toni of Juneau, Alaska, Chris of Webster, S.D., Eddie and Rob of Emmett, Idaho, and Dave and Rick of Walla Walla. Son Russ preceded them in death. They also have 21 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

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