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Murray and Margherita LaHue celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their marriage vows at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Medford. A small group of family and friends joined them for breakfast after the ceremony.

Murray LaHue married Margherita Marin on Dec. 14, 1957, in the Church of San Antonio de Padova, in Tripoli, Libya, North Africa.

They first met while Murray was stationed with the United States Air Force at Wheelus Air Base, in Tripoli. At that time, Margherita was a teller in the American Express Bank on the base. After several months of conversation, Murray was finally invited to Sunday dinner at Margherita's home, where he met her family for the first time. Their friendship blossomed and Murray finally got up the courage to ask her to marry him. She agreed, but the hard part lay ahead — Murray had to ask her father for permission, which he did. After a couple weeks of heart-stopping suspense, permission was given and they entered into a typical old-world courtship, with Margherita's mother or older brother in the room whenever Murray was present.

After their marriage, they remained in Tripoli for 13 months and then returned to the United States, where they were stationed at March Air Force Base in California. While stationed there, Murray applied for and was accepted into Air Force Officer Candidate School, which he attended from April to September 1961.

After his commissioning they were assigned to Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts; Pleiku, Vietnam (Murray went by himself); Walker Air Force Base in New Mexico: Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana; then to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, where he ultimately retired in July 1973, with over 22 years of military service.

Murray became a real estate broker in Texas, but was soon lured by Northrop Corporation to go to Saudi Arabia. He and Margherita spent several years there and when they returned to the U.S. Murray's Northrop employment took him to Hawthorne, Calif.; Pico Rivera, Calif.; and Thousand Oaks, Calif. Margherita also worked for Northrop while they were in Saudi Arabia and then later in Thousand Oaks. They retired in 1990, and moved to Gold Hill where they had built a home in 1988. They later moved to Medford and then in 1998, left to live full-time in their RV. Returning to Oregon in 2001, they settled in Phoenix.

They both like to fish and take periodic trips to Seven Feathers. Murray passes the time "working" at two local golf courses, and playing golf as often as his schedule permits. Margherita is an excellent cook and an avid recipe collector. She is currently trying to catalog several hundred recipes.

Murray and Margherita have two daughters, Maria in Wichita Falls, Texas, and Cheryl Giddings in Medford. They also have four grandchildren, and expect their first great-grandchild in July.