Gene Thomas and Malvina Elaine (Martin) Brown are celebrating 40 years of marriage. The couple was wed Dec. 9, 1967, at Foyil Baptist Church.

Gene was born in Claremore at Franklin Hospital to Paul and the late Betty Brown. Malvina was born in Pryor to the late Albert and Lucille Martin.

Gene and Malvina were high school sweethearts, graduating from Foyil High School. For eleven years they traveled to many states while Gene worked for the coal company. Later Gene worked for GEA Rainey Corporation for over 19 years at a fitter welder. Malvina was a stay-at-home mom for most of her married life. She was a beautician earlier in their marriage.

Both Gene and Malvina are members of Faith Baptist Church in Claremore.

Gene enjoys jogging on the country roads and watching John Wayne and Clint Eastwood western movies. Malvina enjoys rocking babies at the church and spending time at home with Gene.

The couple have two children: son Jason Brown and fiancee’ Jami McCaw of Claremore, and daughter Kristen Bradfield and husband Brandon of Claremore; and one granddaughter, Delainey McCaw.