Couples announcements for September 2011



Gerard and Gerard

Dan and Rose Gerard were married Sept 7, 1947 in Long Island, N.Y. They relocated to Arizona in 1977 and have been Payson residents since 1982. They have four children, 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They are enjoying their retirement in beautiful Payson.


Goss and Schwark

Missy Schwark, of Payson, the daughter of Dr. William and Mrs. JeanAnn Schwark, married Austin Goss, of Payson, the son of Mr. Bobby and Mrs. Karen Phylow and Mr. Steve Goss, on June 26, 2011 in Gilbert, Ariz. The bride is a graduate of the University of Arizona where she earned a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing and is now employed at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital as a pediatric intensive care nurse. The groom attended the University of Phoenix where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in multimedia and visual communication and is now employed as an assistant manager at QuikTrip. The wedding was officiated by the bride’s grandfather, Dr. Joe Smith. The couple were attended by Lara Dinsmore, matron of honor; Michael Hansen, best man; bridesmaids Chelsea Schwark, Caroline Schwark, Breanna Ortlund and Monica Seville; groomsmen, Taylor Goss, Matthew Williams, Jon Dinsmore and David Grubbs; and ring bearer Cade Dinsmore and flower girl Ellie Dinsmore, the bride’s nephew and niece. The couple honeymooned in Maui, Hawaii and are making their home in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Burkhart and Christensen

Sarah Christensen, formerly of Payson and now of Houston, Texas, and Ian Burkhart, formerly of Clinton, Iowa and now of Houston, have announced their engagement and plans to marry Oct. 1, 2011 in Houston. The bride-elect is the daughter of Steve and Karen Christensen of Payson, Ariz., a 2004 graduate of Payson High School and a doctoral student in genetics at Rice University. The prospective groom is the son of Todd and Robin Burkhart of Clinton, Iowa, a 2007 graduate of Camanche High School and is employed as a machinist with Rade Oil.


Waterman and Eavenson

Elle Eavenson, formerly of Payson, Ariz., and now of Mesa, Ariz., and Cody Waterman, also formerly of Payson and now of Mesa, have announced their engagement and plans to marry May 19, 2012 in Skull Valley, Ariz. The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Susan Jacobson and Bob Eavenson, all of Payson and attended Payson High School. The prospective groom is the son of Lanell Waterman and attended Payson High School. Amy Martell photo


Brown and Hart

In May of 1949, Constance Ann “Connie” Hart met Jim R. Brown in Globe when he was hauling cattle to Buster Mounce’s feed yard. She had come from California to visit her aunt, Saidi Henton, and needed a ride to Payson to see her other aunt, Attie. Alma Hardee introduced her to Jim, who was the son of Harry Brown, and the grandson of Polly Brown. They dated from May to September, when they married — Sept. 17, 1949. They would have married sooner, but the hay had to come off the field. The wedding was held at the Winchester Saloon, which Polly Brown owned at the time. It was followed by a dance and barbecue, with 500 people attending the event. Jim and Connie, who are celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary this Saturday, had two sets of twin boys, Jim and Harry and Bill and Joe. The couple lives in Tonto Basin on the H4 Ranch where they raise cattle and hay.