Don and Pat Lynn of Vandalia celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 1 at the Vandalia First Christian Church. The event was planned by their family. The afternoon was spent visiting with friends and relatives. Music was provided by nephews of the couple; Wayne Lynn, Roy Lynn, Raymond Lynn, and Marvin Jennings.
Donald Lynn and Patsy Smith were married on June 6, 1953 at the Methodist parsonage with Maurice Magers officiating. Homer and Clara Shepard, brother-in-law and sister of the groom attended the couple. Others who were present were Berniece Lynn, mother of the groom, Ralph and Erna Smith, Patsy’s parents, and her sister, Helen Smith.
Don, who had been drafted, left for military service in the U.S. Army on June 11, five days after the wedding. The couple have lived their 60 years of marriage in Vandalia with the exception of one year in Anniston, Ala. near an army base.
Don and Pat are the parents of three daughters, Rose (Marvin) Yager of Vandalia, Lori (Jeff) Leake, and Gina (Calvin) Brown of Perry. Their seven grandchildren are Amy Yager Stowers, Tony (Shelley) Yager of Vandalia, Amanda Yager of Mexico, Mike (Nikki) Leake of Jasper, Ind. Jeremy (Danielle) Hopke of Lee’s Summit, Jason Brown (LeeAnn Long) of Center and Jodi Brown of Perry.
Their great-grand-children are Justin and Dylan Stowers, Aarron Hull, Hydie Flowers, Halynna Yager, Isaiah, and Hannah Leake, Colton Hopke, Kaibree Smith, and Neilee Brown. All of their family planned and attended this event which turned out to be a great occasion.
The Lynns are long-term members of the First Christian Church who attend faithfully and volunteer when needed.
Don enjoys gardening and Pat does genealogy but their favorite past time is being with their family.