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12:42 AM Mon, Sept. 24th

50th Anniversary: Markel

Loren Ward Markel and Carol Stevens Markel, then

Loren Ward Markel and Carol Stevens Markel, then

Loren Ward Markel and Carol Stevens Markel happily celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 8, 2011.

The Markels met in The Pilgrim Lutheran Church choir loft in Santa Monica, Calif., and were married in that same church in 1961. They moved to Prescott Valley in June 2004. They have enjoyed these many years of family joys and service to their church and the community, including Habitat for Humanity in Arizona.

Family and friends from Arizona, California, Ohio, Michigan and Florida joined them in celebration in Prescott Valley. Those attending included their children and families: Laura Marie Markel of Prescott Valley, Steven Paul Markel and his wife Teresa of Garden Grove, Calif., and Jennifer Elise Ward and her husband Brett of Paulden, Ariz.

The Markels have four grandchildren: Steven's Ashlee and Dylan and Jennifer's Haley and Hunter.

They thank all who joined in their festivities.