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May 26, 2007

Wards commemorate golden wedding anniversary

Euel and Edna Ward marked their 50th wedding anniversary May 24, 2007. Euel is the son of Floyd and Hattie Ward; Edna is the daughter of Tommy and Lela Shaw. Both parents resided in Jessieville, Ark. T

he couple was married at Jessieville Baptist Church, where both had been members since childhood. Jessieville is a rural Arkansas community joining the south boundary of the Ouachita National Forest on SH7.

Both Euel and Edna graduated from Jessieville School system after attending 12 years. They were both valedictorians of their respective classes, separated by one grade. After high school, Edna went to Business School and Euel attended Arkansas Tech University.

After Arkansas Tech, Euel made his career working engineering responsibilities for : Oklahoma Dept. of Highways, in Tulsa,; then Weyerhauser Co. as Woods Engineer in Hot Springs, Ark. Euel and Edna moved back to Tulsa in 1978 to become a part of American Roofing business. By 1993 Euel was forced to leave the workplace after losing an eleven year battle with rheumatoid arthritis. Edna always worked. After business school she worked accounting for: Dierks Forest, Southwestern Bell, General Bell, and Weyerhauser Co. She then changed to health insurance claims work where she finished her time working in Tulsa.

Euel and Edna have two children: Greg, and wife Marlene (Blair), of Jessieville, Ark., and Sheila, and husband David Bond, of Tulsa; two granddaughters: Heather, who attends Arkansas Tech University, and Allison, who attends Oklahoma State University.

Euel and Edna will be honored with an open house, hosted by David and Sheila Bond at the Bond Ranch home near Inola.

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