Ronald G. and B. Joan Horton (McConnell) of Pe Ell are celebrating 50 years of marriage.
They were married Sept. 7, 1971, in Oceanside, California.
They have lived and traveled in many places, including Vista, California, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Twentynine Palms, California, Wenatchee, Washington, Puyallup, Washington, and Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
They have lived in Pe Ell since 2004.
Both now retired, Joan was a bank teller and a homemaker, while Ron had a career in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two tours in Vietnam. Post-career took them to the Kwajalein Atoll, where Ron was chief of police for the island.
Prior to their wedding, Joan attempted to warn Ron what he was getting into when she gave him a locket inscribed "one plus one equals six," alluding to the four children she had from a previous marriage.
Ron was not to be deterred, however, knowing that he had found the love of his life. The four children are Bart (wife Barbarajean) Clements of Boise, Idaho, Kirk Clements (deceased), Milodene Clements, of Bend, Oregon, and Ken (wife Lynn) Clements of Edmonds, Washington. Over the years, they have also welcomed 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
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