A surprise double celebration dinner was held recently for Payson residents Jim and Carol Downes, in honor of Jim's 90th birthday and their 50th wedding anniversary.
Jim was born Dec.13, 1915, in Indiana, and was raised in Bisbee.
The couple married Feb. 25, 1956 in Yuma.
After spending many years in California, they moved back to Arizona in 1968.
The couple retired and moved to Payson in 1998. Carol works part time at Curves.
More than 70 family members and friends attended the party, which was held in Phoenix, including Carol's mother, Dorothy, who is 93. Jim and Carol's blended family includes six children, 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, many of whom were in attendance.