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December 2009 Milestones


David Gambrell Morris and Mary Shasta (Coodey) Morris of Muskogee, Okla., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Muskogee.

They were married October 5, 1949 in Van Buren, Ark. The couple renewed their vows at a reception in their honor, hosted by their children. Photos from the past 60 years were shown in a slideshow.

David grew up in Vian, Okla., and graduated from Vian High School in 1947. He later graduated from Bacone College in Muskogee as valedictorian of the class of 1949. He also served in the 45th Division of the National Guard in Korea during the Korean War. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education/mathematics, with a minor in physics from Northeastern State University of Oklahoma in 1953. He earned a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.Mex., in 1964. He spent 40 years teaching in schools in Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, and Idaho. Twenty-four of those years were in denominational schools.

Mary grew up in Muskogee and graduated from Central High School in 1950. She has held various jobs, including nurse’s aide, librarian, and teacher’s aide.

Retired and living in Muskogee, the couple have five children, 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Ruth and Harold “Bud” Bradbury recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary, pictured here at a recent church function. Bud and Ruth were married in Oregon. Bud worked as a building contractor for most of his 82 years, many of which he spent building over 40 churches, nursing homes, medical professional buildings, and much more. His latest project was the Grandview Food Bank. Bud is still going strong “building for the Lord” and is currently working on expansion projects for the Grandview church, where he and Ruth are members.

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