David and Joyce Athanas of Medford celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 27 with an open house at Redmen Hall in Medford.

David and Joyce Athanas of Medford celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 27 with an open house at Redmen Hall in Medford.

Hosts of the event, with 43 guests attending, were the their children, grandchildren and the bride's mother, Ruth Susich. Also in attendance were Ray and Lela Miller of Roseburg, who had served as the best man and matron of honor at the wedding.

David Athanas married Joyce Iverson on Feb. 27, 1960, in Ashland.

David and Joyce were both born and raised in Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School.

After they married, they stayed in Ashland and David worked as a welder at Oak Street Tank and Steel, while they raised their three children.

In 1980, David and Joyce took on the challenge of running a small business when they took over the Rich Maid restaurant in Ashland.

They participated in local fairs and festivals with their "Really Chili" and created custom ice cream flavors to serve to their customers. They worked there, side-by-side, until 1992.

In 1994, Joyce began a new career with WalMart when the new store opened in Talent. In 1996, they moved out of the Rogue Valley when Joyce was offered the opportunity to manage the jewelry department at the new WalMart in Roseburg. David also took a job at the Roseburg store, in facilities maintenance.

They moved back to the Rogue Valley in September 2007 to help take care of Joyce's mother, Ruth Susich, and to be closer to their family. They both work at the Eagle Point WalMart.

They have three children, Deborah Whisenaut of Phoenix, Deanne Tanner of Central Point and Daniel Athanas of Medford. They also have seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.