Dr. Dale and Linda Rae Barker Monroe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a 1950s theme party hosted by their family and friend, Irene, in the First United Methodist Church of Ashland at the same time and place of their 1960 wedding 50 years ago, 2 p.m. Aug. 28.
The Rev. John Fugitt offered a blessing on the Monroe's 50 years of marriage.
Attending the anniversary party were the bride's maid of honor, Dr. Linda Lewis Rose; the best man, Chuck Rush; groomsmen Jim Grimes, Doug Forrest, Carl (Dick) Baker and Mike Rush, who served as an usher, and Dave Deller, who sang at the wedding. Linda's sister, Marilyn Horton, and brother, Ric Barker, also were in the wedding party. Also attending the party were Linda's stepsister and her husband, Gail and Lew Tycer of Portland, who also celebrate their anniversary on Aug. 28. Linda's mother, Ellen, lives in Phoenix, Ore. Family and friends traveled from Arizona, California, Nevada, Montana, Washington and many cities in Oregon.
Guests were invited by the couple's grandchildren to have their photos taken by Linda's sister and brother-in-law, Mike and Marilyn Horton, behind the cardboard cutout of a 1950s car and to put together a page for a memory book.
Dale and Linda were married on Linda's grandfather, William Setchell's 77th birthday.
Linda was baptized as an infant, and she and Dale grew up together in this Ashland church. They started dating in high school after an MYF party in 1958 when Dale asked Linda to dance.
In the first 10 years of marriage, they had four sons. Linda stayed home with the boys for 16 years before working outside the home.
She has retired several times over the years. She owned a bread outlet store, sold real estate in Texas and Oregon, was an elementary school secretary, a car and home advertising magazine photographer, was the real estate sales rep for two Harmon Homes magazines in northern Washington and retired in 2003 from a church in Bellingham to care for their youngest grandchild, Colton, while their son went back to Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., for his teaching certificate.
Dale and Linda are active in the Ashland United Methodist Church, where they are on several committees. Linda is a veteran's interviewer and videographer for the Library of Congress Veteran's History Project at White City.
After being gone for 40 years, they returned to Southern Oregon when Dale retired in 2008 after 20 years as the director of business services for WWU. Before that, he was the director of purchasing for the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Wash., managed a real estate office in Medford and was the manager of accounting and administration for Oroweat Baking Company in Beaverton and Dallas, Texas.
He received his bachelor's degree from Evergreen State in Washington, his master's degree at WWU and his Ed.D from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
The Monroe's four sons are: Steve (Christine Schalegar) of Lynden, Wash.; Bob of Medford; Todd (Kim Miller) of Great Falls. Mont.; and Marc of Medford. They have seven grandchildren.