Jim and Anna Mae Stewart of Wood River celebrated their 65th anniversary on Nov. 3, 2015.
Jim Stewart and the former Anna Mae Smith were married Nov. 3, 1950, at First Baptist Church in Wood River. Their ceremony was officiated by Anna Mae’s uncle, the Rev. Glenn Smith.
Jim retired from Clark Oil.
Anna Mae retired from Wood River schools as a fifth-grade teacher.
The couple’s children are Deborah Stewart of Champaign, and David and Kim Stewart of Casper, Wyo.
Their seven grandchildren are Rachel (Kelly) McPheters, Sarah (Pete) Laufersweiler, Ian Anderson, and Andy, Charlie, Lisa, and Emily Stewart. Their two great-grandchildren are Logan and William Laufersweiler.
The couple celebrated with a reception at 6 p.m. Nov. 1, 2015, at Teaspoons Cafe in Edwardsville. The event was hosted by granddaughters, Rachel McPheters and Sarah Laufersweiler.
Jim and Anna Mae met at Shurtleff College in 1946 after Jim’s service in the Navy ended. They got engaged in 1948 in Green Lake, Wis. Jim built their home in Wood River, where they still reside. They have traveled the world together and have been to all seven continents.
"Today my grandparents celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary! My grandparents started out simply. They have grown their family, traveled, grieved the loss of family and friends, traveled some more (all seven continents!), loved each other and celebrated together for 65 years. Through thick and thin. For better or for worse. For rich or for poorer. In sickness and in health. To love and honor (but not obey...Grammy's uncle performed the ceremony and he agreed to not add that part because Grandma told him she wasn't obeying anyone, it was to be a partnership). They have lived and breathed each word of their vows. As my grandpa so humbly told us "Sixty-five years is a long time and I wouldn't do it with anyone else." They are the sweetest and most in love couple I have ever met. I wish them many more years of love and happiness!
We were able to celebrate with them this past weekend. We had a surprise party for them. We were able to pull it off and they were quite surprised and very happy to be able to celebrate with everyone who could make it. Thank you to those who could. We all had a fantastic time!"