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Couples announcements October 31, 2009




Mark and Chris Heider announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephani Heider, all of Lawrence, to Bobby Boyd, Overland Park. The future bride is a 2002 graduate of Free State High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management in 2007 and a master’s degree in sports studies in May, both from Kansas University. She is employed by Kansas Athletics Inc. The future groom is the son of Bob Jr. and Anne Boyd, Overland Park. He is a 2002 graduate of Blue Valley High School. He attended KU and is working on his Professional Golfers’ Association certification. He is an assistant golf professional at Hallbrook Country Club in Leawood. The couple plan a July 17, 2010, wedding at the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence.


Heck and Muths

Cara Heck, Lawrence, and Jeremy Muths, Clay Center, were married on Aug. 22, 2009, at Mustard Seed Church in Lawrence, with the Rev. Paul Taylor officiating. The bride is the daughter of Jake Heck and Paige Heck, both of Lawrence. The groom is the son of Don and Shari Muths, Clay Center. Matron of honor was Charly Edmonds. Best man was John Maninger. Bridesmaid was Nicole Eudaly. Groomsman was Andy Goodell. Flower girls were Calli Bowen and Raquelle Heck. Ringbearer was Brett Scanlan. Ushers were Mason Bowen, Logan Heck and Andrew Thull. Bride’s attendant was Anne McAlister. Candlelighter was Bayli Bowen. A reception was given at The Marriott SpringHill Suites in Lawrence. The bride is a 1998 graduate of Lawrence High School and attended Johnson County Community College. She is a property manager for Hickok-Dible. The groom is a 1995 graduate of Clay Center High School. He earned an associate degree at Butler Community College and is employed with BRB Contractors. The couple reside in Lawrence.



Albert Lee and Rita LaFay Brooks, Lawrence, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary later this year with a vacation with family and friends in Virginia. The couple were married Nov. 6, 1949, at Danforth Chapel at Kansas University. Lee and LaFay returned to Lawrence in 1967. Lee retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1968, after serving 25 years as a pilot. Upon retirement, Lee earned a master’s degree in education from Kansas University, then taught and worked for the KU Athletic Department. The couple traveled with their children, Steve, Connie and Tom, who attended Lawrence schools, KU and Baker University, and lived in several countries and many U.S. states. They enjoy church activities, golf, gardening, reading, quilting, sewing, carving and being with their family and friends. They have eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.



Lloyd and Margaret Smelser, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 8 with a carry-in dinner following the 10 a.m. worship service and an informal reception from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Springdale Friends Church, east of McLouth. Their family and the church family will be hosts for the event. The couple were married Nov. 5, 1949, in the Stanwood Friends Church by the Rev. Belle Bond. They began Smelser Construction in 1962, doing soil conservation and general earth moving. The business continues with their son, David, his wife, Jean, and grandson Lee. The couple are members of the Springdale church and the Land Improvement Contractors of America, of which Lloyd has served several terms as a director. They have two daughters, Jeannie Jantz and husband Jerry, McLouth, and Margaret Sanford and husband Jarrod, Ottawa; four sons, Allen and wife Nancy, David and wife Jean, and Russell, all of McLouth, and Fred and wife Catherine, Oskaloosa; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The couple requests no gifts, but suggest a donation to the Good Shepherd Thrift Store in Tonganoxie.

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