Copri La Coursiere and Michael Bighouse, together with their families, are pleased to announce their upcoming marriage on September 19, 2015. The couple became engaged on April 10, 2014, their four-year anniversary of the day they began dating. The bride attended West Valley High School and graduated from Eastern Washington University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Services Administration, as well as her Master of Public Administration. She is currently employed with the Washington State Health Care Authority as a Medical Assistance Specialist, recently accepting a new position with the US Department of Veteran Affairs.
The groom attended Oak Harbor High School and graduated from Eastern Washington University with his Bachelor of Science degree in Technology. He has been employed with the Safeway Corporation for the past five years and was recently promoted to the Second Assistant Manager position. After a honeymoon to Jamaica, the couple will reside in their new home in Yakima, Wash.
John and Teresa Eglin of Yakima celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with their children at the Carousel restaurant. John Eglin and Teresa Johnston were married August 19, 1950 at St. Joseph Church in Yakima. They are lifelong residents of the Yakima area. Both are retired from Yakima Valley Community College. John and Teresa have remained very socially and physically active, and they enjoy many family activities. For years, they traveled with friends in the Elk’s RV group, and today are ready to go pretty much anywhere on a moment’s notice. Both have coffee, exercise and card groups they attend. They are avid bicyclists and enjoy the snowbird life in the winter. Casinos are another “calling” of theirs and they have Player Cards at nearly every casino in the west. They have five children: Charlie Eglin, Nancy Eglin, Tim Eglin and Holly Tull, all of Yakima, and Tracy Eglin of Redmond, Wash. They also have eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Nesto Pontin and Delores Helm first met on a blind date and were soon married in Yakima on August 20th, 1950. They then settled in Prosser, Wash. to raise their family and have been farming the same land ever since. They have two daughters, Colleen Little and Diane Gessner, and two sons, Scott Pontin, and Larry Pontin, deceased. The Pontins are also blessed with several grandchildren and great grandchildren. To celebrate their 65th anniversary, Nesto and Delores would like to welcome family and friends to an open house at the winery, on Sunday August 23rd from 4:00pm-6:00pm. No gifts please. Pontin Del Roza Winery is located at 35502 N. Hinzerling Road in Prosser.
Mick & Chris (Evans) Phillips of Yakima were married in Yakima on August 27, 1965 and have lived in the Yakima area most of their married life. They have three children: Tamara (Jared) Barker, Ann (Noly) Acob and Jon (Adrienne) Phillips, and five grandchildren: Julian and and Kendall Barker of Monongahela, PA, Ben and Adam Acob and Avery Phillips of Yakima, Wash. Mick is retired from the United States Postal Service and Chris from Memorial Physicians. They had the privilege of taking a 3-month trip around the United States last fall, which they thoroughly enjoyed. They will celebrate their 50th anniversary on August 29, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Union Gap from 2 – 5 p.m., hosted by their children. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
Our parents, Edward and JoAnne, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on August 26th, 2015. They were married at her parents’ home in Yakima, Wash. Edward retired from Schultz Furniture and then had his own appliance repair business. JoAnne was a successful homemaker. They have three fabulous children: Pam (Mark) Baker, Alan (Lori) Klang, and Linda Ford, all of Yakima. They have eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. We wish you continued love and health. We love you, your family.
Rick and Hope Johnson will be celebrating their 25th anniversary August 25th. They had an early celebration in Kauai and The Big Island with family and friends.
They met and married in Zillah where they continue to live today. They opened The Amish Connection in 1993 and that’s where you can find them six days out of the week!
Paul and Bonnie (Colton) Rush were married August 7th, 1965 at the First Baptist Church in Wapato. They began dating shortly after they met as young teenagers while living as neighbors on Lombard Loop Road. Bonnie recently retired from the Wapato School District. Paul owned and operated Rush Excavating and also recently retired. The couple have two children, Jackie (Sam) Perrault of Yakima, Wash. and Byron (Wendy) Rush of Battle Ground, Wash. They are also blessed with seven grandchildren: Sean, Emily, Cameron, Paul, Steven, Jackson, and Alayna. Paul and Bonnie recently celebrated their anniversary with family and friends at Rimrock Lake.
Danny and Patricia Dodd of Yakima celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 10, 2015 while on an extended vacation to the rustic family cabin in rural Alaska where they enjoy spending time. The couple met in Anchorage, Alaska when they were 14, and were married there on July 10, 1965. They moved to West Valley with their children in 1980. Danny and Pat’s children, Tara Briggs of Sedro Woolley, and Danny Dodd II of Yakima, hosted a dinner party in their honor prior to their trip, attended by family and friends.
They have eight grandchildren: Valerie Weddle of Richland, Ricky Redfield in heaven, Stephanie Schneider of Yakima, Rachel Johnson of Mount Vernon, Kaetlyn Dodd of Bellingham, Ember Dodd of Ellensburg, and Misty and Daemon Dodd of Yakima. They are also blessed with four great-grandsons: Jacob and Gabriel Weddle of Richland, Micah Maxwell of Bellingham, and due at the end of October, Dean Cooper of Mount Vernon. Danny worked hard for years in the trucking and paving industry until he retired, and Pat worked hard raising their children and then retiring from the post office.
The couple remains active in the West Valley Christian Missionary Alliance church, where Pat served on the governing board and Danny has played guitar for the music service for several years. Fifty years is quite an accomplishment these days; congratulations Danny and Pat, you are dearly loved by so many!
Jim and Jeannie (Schmidt) Cassatt were married at First Presbyterian Church in Yakima on August 20, 1960. Both retired from Schmidt’s OK Tire store in Wapato and had lived in Wapato for 40 years before moving to Yakima 12 years ago. They have one daughter, Julie Olsen (Michael), and two granddaughters, Kathryn and Elizabeth Olsen of Eagle, Idaho.
They celebrated their anniversary with a cruise from Vancouver, B.C. to the Hawaiian Islands and back.
Kenneth Mills and Ella Belle Goodnow were married on August 20, 1940 in Twin Falls, Idaho. Ken retired from meat cutting after establishing his own business and training his son, Larry. He had Ken’s Meat Market on South 1st Street in Yakima for over 30 years. Ella Belle managed the accounts for the business along with being a homemaker and supporting
their two children to and from sporting events, 4-H, and other activities. They are members of United Christian Church of Yakima. They have resided in the Yakima Valley for 66 years, 62 of those in their Union Gap home. Many family outings included fishing and camping with family and friends. They had two children, Larry (Flo) Mills of Yakima and Leanna (Bill) Conrad of Tieton. Larry passed away in March of 2011. They have seven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Please join us in congratulating them on this milestone.
Our parents Barbara and Dick Johnson will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on August 20, 2015. We want to honor them for the great job they have done. They are amazing parents and we have been blessed by their encouraging spirit and helpfulness to many others throughout their married lives. Dick retired in 1985 from the USPS as a mail handler and quality control supervisor. Barbara retired from the Highline School District in 1992. They headed for Yakima and have spent the winters in Quartzsite, Arizona the last 20+ years. They have a daughter, Patti (Vic), who resides in Shoreline, Wash., and a son, David (Cindy), who resides in Montrose, Colo. They have five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and three great, great grandchildren. We wish you continued love and health. We love you. -Your family
William and Nancy Holland of Union Gap celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday the 15th. William Holland and Nancy Westfall were married August 15, 1965, in Syracuse, N.Y. They have lived in the Yakima area for more than 40 years. Mr. Holland is retired after many years in the sales industry, and Mrs. Holland retired after 35+ years working for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. They have two children, Craig (Megan) Holland of Bandon, Ore. and Patrick (Sara) Holland of Selah, Wash. They hope to celebrate with a trip to the coast.
Rick and Sharon Ashbrooks are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married on August 18, 1990 at the Gilbert House in Yakima, Washington. The couple met at Stone Church’s youth group. They began dating in January of 1990; they fell in love and were married in August of 1990.
Rick Ashbrooks has worked at Strand Apples for 30+ years, where he is currently the packing and quality control supervisor. Sharon Ashbrooks has worked for US Bank for 25+ years; she is currently the sales and service manager. Together Mr. and Mrs. Ashbrooks have one child, a daughter, Shelby Ashbrooks, and a soon-to-be son-in-law Brennan Munson. Rick and Sharon Ashbrooks have a Godly marriage full of love and wonderful adventures, with many more in the future.
The Ashbrooks have enjoyed a wonderful life together in Yakima. They are celebrating this joyous occasion with a small family gathering and road trip — just the two of them — to Glacier National Park in Montana. Their daughter, soon-to-be son-in-law, and family wish them many more years of continued happiness.
Mike and Linda (Stockton) Amos were married in Selah on August 16th 1970 at Selah Methodist Church. Together they have two children, Cori (Mike) Chapman, Chad ( Jennifer) Amos, and four grandchildren, Carter, Grant, Alexandra, and Rylee. Mike is retired from the Yakima Police Department and Linda is the payroll person for Central Pre-Mix Concrete Company. They will be celebrating with a family get together at Lake Roosevelt and then traveling the western U.S. in their RV. Your love of each other and family has always been an inspiration – Happy 45th anniversary to you two great parents and grandparents.
To Grady and Yolani Murphy: Congratulations on your one year wedding anniversary. From the Maltos family.