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Couples announcements for September 2015




Wilbur and Lola Ford were married on September 4, 1955. The couple have two daughters, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. This Sunday, September 6th at The Lodge in Baldwin City, Kansas from 2-4 pm will be a celebration for friends and family of the happy couple.



Charles and Mary Ann Hill recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family cruise to the Bahamas. They were married on July 10, 1955 in Yates Center, Kansas. They had met at Baker University where they graduated in 1955 (Mary Ann) and 1956 (Charles). During their teaching and administrative careers, they lived in Ottawa, Pomona, Lane, Garden City, and Howard, all in Kansas. Their three children are Gary Hill (wife Gail) of Lawrence; David Hill (wife Pam) of Baldwin; and Janet Wozniak (husband Steve) of Los Gatos, California. Their six grandchildren plus one spouse, also enjoyed the anniversary cruse, including Jeff and Julie Hill; Jessica (spouse Taylor) Johnson; Amanda, Ashli, and Jacob Hill. Charles and Mary Ann have lived in Lawrence since their retirements in 1993.


Heider and Smyth

Sarah Heider and Paul Smyth, both of Richmond, VA, are happy to announce their engagement. The future Bride is the daughter of Mark and Chris Heider, Lawrence. She is a 2006 graduate of Free State High School and earned a bachelor's degree in Business Marketing from the University of Kansas in 2010. She is currently an associate manager of customer and marketing services for Altria, Richmond, VA. The future Groom is the son of Paul and Irma Smyth, Atascadero, CA. He is a 2005 graduate of Atascadero High School and earned a bachelor's degree in Business Marketing from the University of Kansas in 2009, while being a member of the Kansas Jayhawks Baseball team. He is currently a professional baseball player. The couple plan an October 24th, 2015, wedding at the Oread in Lawrence, KS. Rock Chalk!


Armstrong and Reiske

Laura Mercedes Jonas Armstrong and Henry Joseph Reiske were married June 20, 2015 at 80 Acres in Leavenworth, Kansas. A reception, dinner & dance were also held at 80 Acres. The bride is the daughter of Jim Armstrong and Carol Jonas of Overland Park, Kansas. She is a special education teacher at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The groom is the son of Mark and Susan Reiske of Lawrence, Kansas. He works as a naturalist for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska. Laura and Henry both received their degrees from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. Laura in Special Education and Henry in Environmental Studies and Adventure Education. The couple resides in Homer, Alaska.


Bench and Van Cleve

Tomalea (nee O’Dea) and Riley Bench of Richmond Texas, and Donna (nee Pate ) and William “Biff” Van Cleve of Stafford Texas, are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Brenna Aileene and Nicholas Samuel. Brenna is a senior at Houston Baptist University with plans to graduate next May. Nicholas graduated from HBU in 2015. Both are employed with The Source for Women in Houston. Brenna has grandparents in the Lawrence and Ottawa Kansas area. She is the granddaughter of Judy Bench Henderson and the late Glenn Henderson of Lawrence; and Yvonne O’Dea and the late Thomas O’Dea of Ottawa. The couple plans a January wedding, and if the LORD wills it, to make their home in the Sugar Land, Texas area.



Duane and Vera Miller of Lawrence will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with an "Open House" Saturday, September 26 from 2 to 4 pm at Lawrence Union Pacific Depot, 402 North Second St. Lawrence, Kansas. The couple were married September 23, 1950 at Winchester, Kansas. They moved to Lawrence in 1958 where they have lived most of their married life. Duane retired in 1985 from DuPont and Vera from Montgomery Wards. They have two children - a son, Terry (Gerry) and a daughter, Diane Diffley (Keith), two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Friends and relatives are invited to come join the celebration. The couple requests no gifts.



Mr. and Mrs. Dean Weller of DeSoto will celebrate their 70th Wedding anniversary on Sunday, September 20th. A reception for friends and family will be held at the DeSoto VFW Hall at 2:00.


Studley and Chaney

Seth and Sandra Studley of Lawrence are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Studley, to Ashley Chaney, son of Sheila and Tony Moran of St. Simons Island, Georgia, and Ricky Chaney of Waycross, Georgia. Lauren is a graduate of Free State High School and Kansas University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She is an Employment Coordinator at Sea Island Resort. Ashley graduated from Georgia Southern with a degree in Hospitality Management. He is the Manager of the River Bar at Sea Island Resort. A November wedding is planned in St. Simons, Georgia.


Kuhlman and Brunson

Margaret Leigh Kuhlman and Mark Philip Brunson were united in marriage on June 13, 2015 at Grace Baptist Church in Manhattan KS. The ceremony was officiated by Clint Antholz. Parents of the bride are Dan and Leah Kuhlman of Lecompton, KS. Parents of the groom are Paul and Linda Brunson of Wichita, KS. The bride is a 2009 graduate of Perry Lecompton High School and earned a degree in secondary English Education from Kansas State University in 2013. She taught creative writing last year at Comanche Middle School in Dodge City, KS. The groom is a 2005 graduate of Trinity Academy in Wichita, KS and earned a degree in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University in May of this year. He is a veterinarian at Cross 7 Vet Clinic in Bluejacket, OK. The couple resides in Bluejacket, OK.


Diaz and Morell

Fernando and Cathy Diaz of Lawrence are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica, to Russell Morell, son of Norman and Lori Morell of Manalapan, NJ. Jessica is a graduate of Lawrence High School and the University of Southern California. She is working in the sports and entertainment industry in Los Angeles, CA. Russell is a graduate of Manalapan High School and the University of Michigan. He is working in the financial services industry in Los Angeles, CA. The couple are planning a Fall 2016 wedding in New York City.

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