Peshlakai and Hill Jr.
Barbara Peshlakai and Frank Hill Jr., both of Payson, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. God has poured out His love into our hearts, Romans 5:5. The wedding takes place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14 at Shiloh Christian Fellowship, 501 E. Rancho Road in Payson. A reception will be held in the Shiloh Fellowship Hall from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friends and family of the couple are welcome to attend.
Sam and Mary Lovetro have been together for 65 glorious years as of Feb. 5, 2016; raising five children in the process. Their son, Jim Lovetro proclaims, “Happy 65th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!”
Paul and Diana Sexton of Payson, Ariz. were married Feb. 12, 1966 at the Mormon Church on Aero in Payson. They now have four children, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren with two more on the way. “We are truly blessed,” the couple say.
Don and Connie Gyde will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 31, 2015. Before settling in Payson in 2001, their first years together were spent in Michigan. The couple had three children: Deborah, Tamra (1959-1987), and Mike; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Over the years, the Gydes have made their home in Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, Texas and Scottsdale.
Leon and Joan Doss Shook will be observing 65 years of marriage on Dec. 28, 2015. Leon and Joan eloped on that date in Bentonville, Ark. They both graduated from Independence Kansas High School — Leon in 1949 and Joan in 1951. They relocated “out west” in 1963. They now have three sons, Jim, Steve Sr., and Ron; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They have spent the last 27 years in Payson, where before retirement they owned four retail businesses. They agree they have been blessed.
Ross and Stoner
Marty Ross and Toni Stoner were married Nov. 3, 2015. “When two hearts met long ago, who knew the journey life took us on would lead us back together 28 years later?” the couple wrote in the announcement of their marriage.
Dick and Dora Lee Connolly celebrated 60 years of marriage Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. The couple married in the Baptist Church on West Main Street and held their reception at the Ox Bow. Doralee Anderson Connolly was named Payson’s first rodeo queen in 1954. Dick Connolly’s family built a grocery store across from the Payson Woman’s Club on West Main, later including a Western Auto on the premises. The couple still makes their home in Payson, living near Payson Elementary School. The Connollys’ 60th anniversary was celebrated by their family on Nov. 28 at the Lamplighter Park community room when everyone was in town for Thanksgiving. They have two daughters, Devon Wells, who resides in Payson and Kim Hamlett, who makes her home elsewhere; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ronald D. Marshall and Nancy L. Hanson were married July 23, 1965 at the bride’s parents’ home in Phoenix, Ariz. The bride’s father was doing road construction on a job in Prescott, Ariz. where he rented a place from Ron’s parents. Ron had just been discharged from the U.S. Army after serving in Germany when Nancy was with her dad in Prescott and Ron happened to see Nancy through the window. She was dancing and he knew he wanted to meet her. They met in July of 1964 and became engaged and were married a year later. After they married, they moved to Strawberry, Ariz. where they raised their two children, Johnn Marshall and Laura Marshall Avalos, both of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. They have seven grandchildren: Arisuethd Cardenas, Merivethl Cardenas, Remy Cardenas, Jasper Cardenas, Kyra Cardenas, Ashley Marshall and Jenna Marshall and five great-grandchildren: Xander, Liberty, Lexus, Everett and Lupita. Ron is retired from the construction company Blockbusters Enterprises and is a jack-of-all-trades. Nancy is retired from being a high school lunch lady. After moving to Lake Havasu and retiring, gold fever took hold of Ron, so they became members of the Havasu Gold Seekers, with whom he can be found most of the time. They both love camping, hunting and fishing and spending time with their kids and grandchildren. While living in Strawberry, Ariz., they were both very involved in the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad. Ron was a commander and during that time he volunteered his time and skill to build the block building for the squad in Strawberry. They were also active in the beginning of the Pine Strawberry Volunteer Fire Department. After living in Strawberry for some 25 years they decided it was time for a change and they moved to Lake Havasu City, Ariz. where they have resided for the past 25 years.
Nun and Cotter
Mrs. Esther S. Millman wishes to announce the marriage of her daughter Donna Rae Cotter to Richard John Nun. The wedding took place at noon on June 6, 2015 at Green Valley Park in Payson. The attendants were their 5 children, Brandon Nun, Michelle Nun, Kimberly F. Cotter, and Katy Dennis. Donna was given away by her son Jameson E. Cotter (the bride’s father Donald R. Millman is deceased). The flower girl was Donna’s granddaughter-McKenzie Dennis. Photography was done by Jordan M. Cotter, the bride’s grandson. Attendees included friends and out-of-town relatives from Virginia, Georgia, Nebraska and Nevada. Following the wedding, a reception was held at the Miss Fitz 260 Café in Payson. The couple will honeymoon at a later date.
Grant and Marie Coley celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 18, 2015. They were married June 18, 1965 in the Arizona Temple. They have five children: Bryan, Debbie, Rick, Rocky and Michelle. They have 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons.
Apfel and Coleman
Mr. and Mrs. George Coleman of Payson announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Coleman, to Jake Apfel, son of Mr. Jim Apfel of Pine and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Chase of Mesa. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Payson High School and a 2010 graduate of Northern Arizona University, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is employed at Flagstaff Medical Center. The groom is a 2004 graduate of Payson High School and is currently employed with Mountain High Excavating in Flagstaff. A July 18, 2015 wedding is planned in Flagstaff, where the couple will reside.
Hunsaker and Magill
Media Lee Hunsaker and Travis Scott Magill will marry at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 11 in Tonto Basin. The wedding will be at 53569 N. Highway 188, Tonto Basin, Ariz., with a reception barbecue following the ceremony.
Nun and Cotter
Esther S. Millman is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Donna R. Cotter, to Richard J. Nun. Richard has a son, Brandon, who lives with his wife, Jana, and daughter, Michelle, in Las Vegas, Nev. Donna has three adult children, Kimberly Cotter of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Jameson Cotter (Amy) of Chesapeake, Va.; and Katy Dennis of Chino Valley, Ariz. The couple has seven grandchildren between them. They plan to marry Saturday, June 6, 2015 in Payson, Ariz. where they plan to reside. They both are employed by Payson Unified School District.
Ray and Joan O’Claire married Feb. 27, 1965 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Marinette, Wis. The late Rev. Arthur A.A. Gentz officiated. Attendants were Karl Bergeson of Peshtigo, Wis. and Judy Bergeson Wood of Green Bay, Wis., both cousins of the bride; Meta Miller Schwerzler of Marinette, Wis., a good friend of the bride; and Roger Schroeder of Mesa, Ariz., a brother of the bride. The couple were both born and raised in Marinette, Wis. Both are 1961 and 1962 graduates of Marinette High School. In the summer of 1964 they met at a street dance at the public library and were married six months later. Mr. O’Claire was employed by The Motor Company in Marinette before moving to Mesa, Ariz. in 1967 where he retired from General Motors Desert Proving Grounds in 1999 with 30 years of service. Mrs. O’Claire, was employed as an infant nurse in the newborn nursery at St. Joseph-Lloyd Hospital in Menominee, Minn., a twin city of Marinette, working from 1963 to 1967 when they moved to Arizona. The couple are the parents of a son, Scott O’Claire born in 1967 four months after arriving in Arizona. He is employed with Wells Fargo Bank, with 25 years of service, and resides in Mesa. A reception will be held at their church, Calvary Lutheran in Chandler, Ariz. Flowers will be placed on the altar with a prayer said by their pastor Rev. Martin Spaude. Corsages will be worn by the honored couple. For the past 30 years the couple have spent summers in Payson at their second home in Woodland Meadows. For the same number of years they have attended Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, with Pastor David Sweet, presently. Payson, has grown much in the past 30 years of which has left the couple with memorable moments and life-long friends. The couple is very thankful to God for all the blessings bestowed upon them during their 50 years together. They have resided in Mesa, nearly all of their married life.
George and Judy Huckey marked their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 20 and then were given a special celebration Nov. 30. The couple met in Ajo, Ariz. Judy was a high school teacher and George was a machinist with Phelps Dodge Corporation. They were introduced by family members and married in Las Vegas, Nev. at The Wee Kirk o’ The Heather Chapel. They lived in Ajo until George moved his family to Holbrook, Ariz. where he went to work at Arizona Public Service Company. In 1990 George retired from APS and the couple moved to their cabin in Payson, Ariz. They are blessed with four children and their spouses: Steve and Sylvia Huckey of Eagle River, Alaska, Elaine Huckey-Richardon of Payson, Ariz., Keith and Norma Huckey of Sherrill, New York and Lester Huckey of Ramona, Calif. George and Judy’s greatest treasures are their 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.