Sarkis and Patricia Mouradian are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 3, 1961 in Bellflower, Calif. They raised their family in California and retired to Payson in 2004. They have three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Dalton and Elaine (Nybakken) Knauss celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this month. They were married June 16, 1951 at the Lakeview Gospel Church in Chicago, Ill. They moved from Chicago to Arizona in 1958, settling in Scottsdale. The Knausses have been regular Payson visitors since 1970 and moved to Payson in 2004. They have a daughter, Cindy, and a son, Bill, both of Payson; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Their secret for lasting love? “I think the fact that we put God first in our lives makes all the difference in the world,” Elaine said. “It gives us a foundation to build on.” This foundation has helped us to be more considerate, tolerant and patient with each other. Of their faith, Dalton said, “It’s the commonality of goals. The goal is to serve God and then, when you’re both working toward the same goal, things stay in perspective. I came from a broken family. When we decided to get married I said, ‘This is for real — this is for keeps.’” Elaine added there are two things she often says: first, ‘I go along to get along.’ And second, ‘Don’t try to understand me, just love me.’ Continuing, she said, “We’re both individuals and we may not always understand each other. I know I don’t always understand him — and we don’t always agree. But we remember nothing is a big thing — we need to just let go.” Elaine and Dalton said they try to be an example to their children of what it takes to have commitment and unconditional love. “All these things make for a very generous and giving spirit. And that’s how we live,” Elaine said. “God’s been good to us, and we try to be good to other people in return.”
Wilbanks and Figueroa
Jose and Janelle Figueroa and Duke and Peggy Wilbanks and Mary Wilbanks announce the engagement of their children, Cydney and Porter. The couple are both graduates of Payson High School where they were award-winning athletes. The bride-elect graduated in 2009 and is studying nursing at the Payson campus of Gila Community College. The prospective groom graduated in 2007 and is employed by the Town of Star Valley and Gila County. The wedding will take place July 16 in an outdoor ceremony at Goat Camp Ranch, with a reception following. The couple will honeymoon on a cruise and make their home in Star Valley.
Garcia and Parra
Richard and Penny Smith of Strawberry announce the engagement of their daughter, Darla Parra to Andy Garcia, the son of Artemio and Josefa Garcia of Acapulco, Mexico. The bride-elect resides in Paramount, Calif. and is a 2005 graduate of Villa Park High School in Villa Park, Calif. She is employed as an administrative assistant with Mega Fume, Inc. The prospective groom also resides in Paramount, Calif. and is a 1994 graduate of David Starr Jordan High School in Long Beach, Calif. He is employed as a server with Olive Garden. The wedding is planned for June 9, 2012 in Orange County, Calif.