Couples announcements for March 2013



Merlin and Nelson

John Merlin and Frances Ruth Nelson were married on March 15, 1963 in Lynwood, Calif. Blessing the couple were there children: Debra Ann Rusovick (Kuhn), Roberta Jean Kuhn, James Steven Kuhn (deceased) and Brian Merlin Nelson They have 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Granddaughter, Brooke (Nelson) Weinland hosted a family barbecue for them at Brian Nelson’s home on Feb. 24 and made them a video of their lives, which she showed and then gave copies to the family. John is retired and is an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of VFW. Ruth works as a volunteer for the Mogollon Health Alliance and is the assistant manager of the Payson Hospital Gift Shop.


Marcek and Crabtree

Louis and Karen Crabtree of Payson are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter Alison to Geoff Marcek. The two were married Feb. 23, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Parents of the groom are Diana and Glenn Woodward and Dan Marcek and Judy Quigley, all of Brookline, N.H. The newlyweds have recently relocated to Austin, Texas.



Longtime Strawberry residents Walt and Willene Smith celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day, Feb.14, 2013 with friends and family at their home in Strawberry.