Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements.




Neil and Sharon Morrison met while attending high school in Inglewood, Calif. They married on April 9, 1966. The Army sent Neil to Germany where both of them lived for 23 years and had their only and ever so fabulous daughter, Shavonne, in 1981. While in Europe they traveled and became involved with historical re-enacting and taught living history to the public. Neil and Sharon both continued working for the military as civilians. They continued to work for the Army until 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down and they returned to America. Feeling like foreigners in their homeland they ended up returning to Inglewood, Calif., the same city in which they met. Then moved to Barstow, Calif. They remained in Southern California until 2012 when they retired and moved to Pine, Ariz.



Ron and Connie Hooper were married April 9, 1966 in their Southern Baptist Church in Tucson, Ariz., 50 years ago Saturday, April 9. They went to Acapulco and Mexico City for their honeymoon. In their 50 years of marriage they have lived in Tucson, Phoenix, Albuquerque, N.M., Flagstaff and now in Payson for 3-1/2 years. They have two children, Tiffany and Aaron, who are having a celebration for them in Sedona to commemorate the festive occasion along with some of the grandchildren, which total six altogether. They feel so very blessed for the life God has given to them throughout the years!


Rudd, Sr. and Rudd

Walter Rudd Sr. and Patricia Rudd celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 20, 2016. They were married on Feb. 20, 1966 in Las Vegas, Nev. Wally and Pat have lived in Tucson for two years, moving there from Payson. Wally retired from Mazatzal Casino on Dec. 31, 2013 as a black jack dealer. Pat retired from hair salons on June 20, 2000 as an owner. They have six children, Becky (Bruce) Weber of Mesa, Ariz., Walter (Jodee) Rudd, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., Kevin (Sherry) Rudd of Tombstone, Ariz., Ben (Amy) Rudd of Tucson, Ariz., Tom Parish, Jr. of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Cindy Parish of Tucson, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Wally and Pat met in Tucson in 1964 and moved to Phoenix metro area in 1965. Wally has worked as a machinist, musician, radio D.J., advertising manager, hair salon owner, real estate sales and black jack dealer. Pat has worked in retail sales, restaurants and hair salon owner. The couple moved to Payson, Ariz. in 1988 and lived there for 27 years. Wally and Pat moved back to Tucson in June 2014.


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.

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