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Edward Dale and Ruth Lucille Walls of Talent celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Dec. 24, 2008, with a quiet dinner at their home.

Edward Walls married Ruth Merritt on Dec. 24, 1938, in Yreka, Calif.

Ruth was born in Jackson County. She retired after 20 years as a nurse for Jackson County.

Ed came to Ashland from South California in 1933. He worked for Southern Pacific Railroad, Timber Product Co., and retired as head custodian at North Medford High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Edward and Ruth have lived in the same house for 62 years.

They have two children, Peggy Martin of Beaverton and Kip Walls of Aptos, Calif. They also have seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.