John and Janet Zilisch, 1010 N. Monarch Drive, Payson, celebrated their 50th Anniversary April 4, 2014 with a family cruise with 14 family members. They now have three grandsons, 15, 13 and 11 years, living in Chicago with Tracie and their father Gregg Hirstein. Their daughter Kimberly lives in Chandler, Ariz. and is married to Don Spencer with three adult stepchildren all over 21 years of age.
Dewey W. and Willadean (Pruett) Sweatt celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on March 21. The couple was married in Phoenix, Ariz. in the Phoenix Wedding chapel. They raised three children: Connie Needham, Lorrie White and Donald W. Sweatt. Dewey spent many years in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War. Willadean worked years at Motorola and other electronic plants. They raised their children in Phoenix and Chandler. They built their second home in Pine, Ariz. and then after 10 years moved to Payson. Family members include 13 grandchildren and 27 (and two on the way) great-grandchildren; four sisters: Dolly Armstead, Vivian Cottrell and husband Loy, Dian Halsey and friend Paul; one brother, Dan Pruett and wife Barbara; and daughter-in-law Dian Elder.
Ritter and Watson
Laura Ritter married Bryan Watson, both formerly of Payson and now of Scottsdale, Jan. 2, 2014 in Mesa. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Judy Perham of Payson and the groom is the son of Mark and Debbie Manelli of Scottsdale. The new Mrs. Watson attended Grand Canyon University. Mr. Watson served with the U.S. Coast Guard and was employed by the Payson Police Department for six years. Honor attendants Lindsay LaPre´ and Jesse Davis; bridesmaids Monica Williamson, Holly Perham and Judy Perham; groomsman Randy Perham. Her son, Titus Ritter escorted the bride down the aisle. The bride’s father, Steve, officiated.
Carole and Wayne Donnay celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 3, 2014. They were married at Langley Air Force base in Virginia in 1954. Wayne served with the 5th Air Force in Korea and Japan in 1952. They have three daughters and a son, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Carole and Wayne were born in Minnesota where they raised their family, fishing and camping in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. They owned a precision metal fabricating company doing contract work for the computer industry. Carole and Wayne were both involved in competitive archery and both shot a perfect 300 PAA round. In 1972 they sold the business and moved to Arizona. Wayne retired from Allied Signal Aerospace in 1998 and built a house in Payson where they now live. Wayne led a hiking group for 12 years and is involved in several non-profit organizations in Payson.
Ron and Diane Baran celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 18, 2014. The couple was married in New Jersey in 1964 and raised two children, Ron Jr. and Laura. They moved to Mesa, Ariz. in 1984 and started a business called Baran Enterprises and upon retirement moved to Payson in 2005. Family members include four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Floyd “Marvin” and Clarys Boyle celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 31, 2013. The couple was married in Tucson, where they raised three children: Lonnie, Doug and Mary Boyle. Marvin spent many years working with the Arizona Carpenters Union after serving with the U.S. Army in the Korean War. Clarys was employed at a downtown Tucson law firm for 40+ years. After retirement, Clarys and Marvin moved to Payson to build their dream home. Family members include six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, with a third great-grandchild on the way. Mr. Boyle passed away Jan. 2, 2014.
Bob and Victoria Sanchez of Star Valley recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the Big Island of Hawaii. There were married in Madrid, Spain Dec. 21, 1963. They have four sons, each born in a different country: Bobby, Madrid, Spain; Henry, Peru, Ind.; Jose in Asuncion, Paraguay; and Victor, Canal Zone, Panama. Bob is retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 28 years and from Honeywell, where he worked for 13 years. Victoria graduated from the University of Madrid with a degree in education and from Arizona State University with a degree in medical science. All four of their sons attended and graduated from college. They have 10 grandchildren, with four in college, two that will start next year and the youngest, who at 10, has already decided to attend ASU. The couple is very active in the community and have both volunteered with the AARP TAX-AIDE program in Payson for 12 years.
Keith and Sherry Talley will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Dec. 22. The Talleys were married in Chadron, Neb. On Dec. 22, 1963. They have three children: Ket Talley of Phoenix, Michelle Alter of Flagstaff and Lance Talley of Peoria, Ariz. The Talleys have five grandchildren: Tyger Talley, who attends the University of Arizona and is on the baseball team there; Cody Bauer of Flagstaff, who is in fire sciences training; Ashley Alter and her sister Rachel, who are in the sixth and seventh grades in Flagstaff; Sera Talley, a junior at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale and plays on the varsity softball team. Sherry was a fourth-grade teacher and Keith taught high school biology and was a golf coach in the Deer Valley School District in Phoenix before they moved to Payson in March of 2006. Keith and Sherry are members of Ponderosa Bible Church in Payson where Keith teaches an adult Sunday school class. Keith is also a member of Payson P.A.Y.S. and is a manager with Legal Shield.
Moore and Pullin
Molly Ann Moore from Scottsdale, Ariz. and Joe Earl Pullin from Senath, Mo. married on Nov. 14, 2013. The couple will continue to reside happily in Payson.
Hibbitts and Parone
Elizabeth Amber Hibbitts, the daughter of Bobby and Roxanne Hibbitts, and Tyler Christian Parone, the son of Joe and Joanna Parone, were married Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at the Oxbow Inn and Saloon, Payson. A reception at the Oxbow followed the ceremony. Parone attended Rutgers University. The couple will make their home in Payson.
Riepel and Warden
Christina Riepel, daughter of Brent and Gaylene Riepel of Snowflake, was married to Michael Warden on Aug. 24, 2013, at All Seasons Lodge in Overgaard, Ariz. Christina was attended by her matron of honor, Rosemary Cox-Galhotra; both are 2002 graduates of Payson High School. The couple currently resides in Chicago, Ill., where Christina practices law and Michael is set to begin a position with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Carpenter and Simon
Katie Carpenter, daughter of Ross and Shari Carpenter of Payson, recently married Noah Simon of Houston, Texas. The wedding ceremony took place in Scottsdale June 22, 2013. The couple now resides in Minneapolis, Minn.
Hall and Dunn
Amanda Hall, the daughter of Jeff and Cathy Hall and the granddaughter of Kenneth Hall of Payson, was married to Joseph Dunn Aug. 24, 2013 at The Ponds of Bolton Valley in Vermont and was attended by family and friends. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia. They currently reside in Park City, Utah. The couple visited Kenneth Hall in Payson November 2012, enjoying a ride or two in Kenneth’s Model A and sightseeing at Woods Canyon Lake and Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.
Kelley and Olson
Kevin and Kim Kelley would like to announce the wedding of their son, Brandan James Kelley, to Brittany Leigh Olson on Sept. 28, 2013 in Peoria, Ariz. The couple will reside in Payson.
Conrad and Beverly Okerwall will celebrate 60 years of marriage Thursday, Sept. 26. The couple met on a blind date in Evanston, Ill. After many years in the advertising/art business in Chicago, they retired to Payson in 1988. They have served on the boards of the Zane Grey Cabin and Museum, Payson Helping Payson, Library Friends, Payson Art League, Rim Country Literacy and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Vestry. They love Payson’s small-town atmosphere, weather and their many good friends. Conrad now shows his western paintings at Down the Street Art Gallery as well as Granny’s Attic. They will celebrate with their daughter, Sue Ann, from San Antonio, Texas, later in October.