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Irvin and Linda Bridge of Grants Pass recently celebrated their 50th anniversary by visiting the Oregon Coast in Charleston.

The two were married Nov. 24, 1961, in Glendale. They have two sons, Randy of Grants Pass, and Danny of Central Point; four foster daughters, Georgia of Central Point, Ginger of Maryville, Tenn., Janice of Redmond, and Monica of Williams; and 12 grandchildren.

The couple met in Grants Pass where they were neighbors. After three months of courting, the two were married. Irvin's uncle, the justice of the peace, performed the ceremony in the back of his shoe store.

The couple made their home in Central Point for 42 years. Irvin worked at Boise Cascade for 35 years before his retirement in 1997. The couple opened their hearts and home for 21 years, helping less-fortunate children. Linda then began her working career at Cartwright's Meat Company in Central Point, and later drove school buses for Central Point School District before her retirement in 1995.

They later built their dream home in Grants Pass, where as retirees they enjoy spending time with grandchildren, friends, hunting, camping and traveling. The couple volunteers at their local Elks Lodge where they continue to make a difference in other people's lives. Their quiet time is spent together discussing the joys of today, memories of yesterday and the hopes of tomorrow in the backyard of their home.

Correction: The couple's last name has been corrected in this story.