September 30, 2007

The Cordells

Merle and Beulah Cordell of Chambersburg, Pa., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Mothers' Day, May 13, 2007, at their home and gardens on Grindstone Hill Road. They were married May 17, 1947, at a double wedding ceremony with the bride's sister Elsie Shank and her husband, the late Merle Shank, at the home of the bride's parents near Reid, Md.

They were joined in the celebration by their four children, Doris Lehman of Hagerstown, Ruby Gontz and her husband Delbert Gontz, David Cordell and his wife Patricia, and Richard Cordell and his wife Sandra, all of Chambersburg. They also have five grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

The Rev. Cordell is bishop emeritus of Franklin Mennonite Conference and is a retired teacher from the Greencastle-Antrim School District. Mrs. Cordell is known for her ceramics and embroidered quilts. The Cordells are also known for their gardens which are open to the public and are visited by several thousand people each summer.


The Spences

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Spence Sr. of Fairplay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, at Manor Church Ruritan in Boonsboro with several of the couple's family and friends.

The Spences were married Sept. 7, 1957, in the Rev. Frank Mentzer's study in Hagerstown.

Jim and Laura Spence both attended Hagerstown High School. Mr. Spence retired from Mack Trucks Inc. in 1987 and Mrs. Spence was a seamstress for London Fog Manufacturing for several years. They are members of Valley Grace Brethren Church in Hagerstown.

The celebration was hosted by their children, Debra and Todd Henson of Goose Creek, S.C., James Spence Jr. of Fairplay, Tammy and Robert Smith of Hagerstown, and Lori and Dave Harris of Fairplay.

The Spences have nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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