Friends and family of Paul and Dorothy Turner of Inola joined them in the Fellowship Hall at the United Methodist Church in Inola, where they are members, to celebrate the couple’s 50 years of marriage.

Dorothy was born and grew up in a small town in southwest England and came to the United States early in 1956. She was employed at Zebco in Tulsa where Paul’s brother worked. He introduced the two and they were married Nov. 24, 1956. Paul’s home was in Rose, and he had just recently been discharged from the army.

The couple moved many times during their years of marriage until they came to Inola 39 years ago and Dorothy says “we still enjoy being here.” The Turners have four sons, one of which is deceased, and five grandchildren. Two sons and their families live in Inola and one lives in California.

Paul’s last job was a machinist at American Airlines where he retired.

Dorothy found her niche at the Inola Public Library and was there 19 years. Kay Ingersoll, Inola Library Board member said “Dorothy made the library what it is today.” Before she came it was run entirely by volunteers with no regular hours. When she first started at the Library they had a 16 by 30 square foot room with over 6,000 books. She made application for and received a grant from Doctor’s Hospital. The Library was expanded and new shelving and furniture was added. “More than anything, Dorothy built up the clientele by establishing a great relationship with the citizens of Inola with her loving personality,” Ingersoll said.