Walt and Jan Houk celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 9 in Branson, Mo., with their son, Kent and wife Lori and grandsons Coleman and Chase Houk;and daughter Kimberley and husband Ryan and grandchildren Zachary and Mackenzie Bickling. A family trip to Hawaii is planned later. Walter C. Houk and Janice L. Stewart were married Aug. 9, 1959, at the First Methodist Church in Lawrence. Walt has been in the travel business for over 50 years. For more than 35 years, he coached all ages in baseball, from Little League to semi-professional. Jan has been a homemaker and was the volunteer manager of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Gift Shop for 15 years. She has been involved in the travel business for the past 15 years. They both are with Travellers Inc. travel agency.
Ted and Brenda Eubanks, Eudora, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family Friday. The couple were married Aug. 16, 1959, at First Christian Church in Lawrence. Ted retired from Farmland and Brenda retired from Holmes Peck & Brown Real Estate. They have a son, Ted, Centropolis; a daughter, Debbie Sparkes, Eudora; and four grandchildren. The couple requests no gifts.
Bob and Virgie Farmer, Lawrence, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today. A reception will be held in the couple’s honor, hosted by family and friends, at Wingert’s Building, 693 E. 1250 Road, Lawrence.
Mayorga and Kliem
Deborah Mayorga, Miami, Fla., and Matthew Kliem, Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Elbert and Maria Mayorga, Miami. She graduated from Coral Gables Senior High in Miami and is employed by First Federal Savings and Loan in Lawrence. The future groom is the son of Lewis and Ann Kliem, Lawrence. He graduated from Free State High School, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is employed by Douglas County Bank. The couple plan a Jan. 22, 2010, wedding at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
Markley and Tucker
Mandie Markley, Ottawa, and Justin Tucker, Oskaloosa, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Arnold and Kathleen Markley, Ottawa. She is a 1997 graduate of Lawrence High School and earned an associate degree in nursing from Neosho County Community College. She is employed by Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The future groom is the son of Connie Tucker Milner, Oskaloosa, and the late Lyle Tucker. He is a 1994 graduate of Oskaloosa High School and is employed by Westar Energy in Lawrence. The couple plan a Sept. 19, 2009, wedding in Eureka Springs, Ark.
Kocour and Boyle
Robert and Nancy Kocour, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Molly Kocour, to John-David Boyle, both of Washington, D.C. The future bride is a 2002 graduate of Free State High School and earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from Kansas University in 2006. She is an associate with the Dewey Square Group in Washington, D.C. The future groom is the son of David and Elizabeth Boyle, Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is a 1998 graduate of Shaker Heights High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from KU in 2002. He is the director of sales and marketing for the Broadcast Education Association in Washington, D.C. The couple plan a Sept. 26, 2009, wedding at The Sawyer Room in Kansas City, Mo.
Hilliard and Hunt
Brad Hunt, Lawrence, and Janice Stumpff, Topeka, announce the engagement of their daughter, Christine Hunt, to Jericho Hilliard, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a 1996 graduate of Eudora High School. She earned an associate degree and paralegal certificate from Johnson County Community College in 2003 and obtained a certified medical coding professional certificate through the American Academy of Professional Coders in 2007. She is a medical coder at Lawrence Surgery Associates P.A. The future groom is the son of Ralph Steele and Rhonda Smith, both of Lawrence. He is a 1999 graduate of Free State High School and earned a sports administration degree from Kansas University in 2007. He is employed at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The couple plan a March 2010, wedding in Lawrence.
Boldt and Atwood
James Boldt, Urbandale, Iowa, and Stacie Blackwell, Gardner, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Boldt, to Nathan Atwood, both of Gardner. The future bride is a 2000 graduate of Gardner-Edgerton High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business in 2003 and a juris doctorate in 2006, both from Kansas University. She earned a master’s degree in business from the University of Missouri-Kansas City this summer and is an attorney at ABS Legal Advocates P.A. in Lawrence. The future groom is the son of David Atwood and June Ryan, both of Lawrence. He is a 2001 graduate of Free State High School and studying for an associate degree in applied science. He works at Amarr Garage Doors in Lawrence. The couple plan an Aug. 22, 2009, wedding at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence.
Oshel and Williams
Earnest and Nancy Oshel announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Oshel, to Michael Williams, all of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School, a 2007 graduate of Z Hair Academy, and works at JC Penney Salon. The future groom is the son of Bruce and Candi Williams, Lawrence. He is a 2006 graduate of Lawrence High, attends Local 441 Plumbers and Pipefitters school, and works at Chaney Inc. The couple plan a Sept. 26, 2009, wedding in Lawrence.
Megan Ruth Holmes, Halstead, and Daniel Andrew McGraw, Lawrence, were married July 18, 2009, at Northside Church of Christ in Wichita, with the Revs. Toby Levering and Chris Altrock officiating. The bride is the daughter of Joe and Carol Holmes, Halstead. The groom is the son of Michael and Sheryl McGraw, Memphis, Tenn. Matrons of honors were Joanna Lacanlale and Sara Dockery. Best man was Peter McGraw. Bridesmaids were Amy Fitzgerald and Leah Killebrew. Groomsmen were Jonathan Teel, Josh Shepherd and Robert Meyer. Flower girl was Katelynn Dockery. Ring bearer was Joseph Dockery. A reception followed in the fellowship hall at the church. The bride is a 2006 graduate of Halstead High School and plans to complete a communication studies degree from Kansas State University in December. The groom is a 2000 graduate of Ridgeway High School in Memphis. He earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and vocational ministry from Harding University, Searcy, Ark., in 2004., and a master’s of divinity degree from Harding University’s Graduate School of Religion, in Memphis, in May 2008. He serves as the campus minister for Hawks for Christ at Kansas University. The couple reside in Lawrence.
Cassandra Strickland and Shawn Nairn, both of Lawrence, were married July 17, 2009, at a friend’s home in Basehor, with the Rev. Bob Leiste officiating. The bride is the daughter of Randy Strickland and Julie Manweiler, both of Lawrence. The groom is the son of Doug and Sheree Nairn, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Kayla Turner. Best man was Chris Meyer. Usher was Adam Strickland. A reception followed at the friend’s home. The bride is a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School and earned a medical assisting certificate in 2005 from Pinnacle Career Institute. She is a stay-at-home mom. The groom is a 2000 graduate of Lawrence High and is studying computer information systems at Johnson County Community College. He is a network technician at Fundamental Technologies, LLC in Lawrence. The couple reside in Lawrence.
Emma Mercer, Lawrence, and Corey Johnson, Talala, Okla., were married May 23, 2009, in Talala, with Tyler Price and the bride’s father, Jeff Mercer, officiating. The bride is the daughter of Jeff and Susie Mercer, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Jody and Trudi Johnson, Talala. Maid of honor was Samantha Phillips. Best man was Cody Johnson. Bridesmaids were Megan Mercer, Hope Johnson and Melissa Simmons. Groomsmen were Brett Knight, Raliegh White and John Wilcox. Guestbook attendant was Noah Mercer. Usher was Jeremy Johnson. A reception was given at The Lodge on Johnson Hill in Talala. The bride is a 2007 graduate of Lawrence High School, and is studying for a dual major degree in English and education at Oklahoma City University. She is employed by the university as resident assistant. The groom is a 2006 graduate of Oologah-Talala High School and is a senior at Oklahoma City University. He was formerly a welder and lumberjack and is now studying for an elementary education degree. He is also employed as resident assistant by the university. The couple reside in Oklahoma City.