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Richard and Thelma Kelley celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

November 22, 2018

The children of Richard L. Kelley and Thelma L. Havin Kelley wish to announce the celebration of their parents’ wedding anniversary. Richard and Thelma were married on Nov. 21, 1968, and have been married for 50 years.

The couple met through Thelma’s sister, Mary, who set them up on a date in 1967. At that time, Richard was serving in the the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Ogden, Utah. Thelma was a single mother of two little girls, Cindy and Tracy. After a nine-month courtship, the couple married . Two short days later, the family of four moved to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There, the couple had two more children. Tami was born in 1969 and died a few short hours after birth. Then came Bob in 1970. The family moved back to Pocatello after Richard was honorably discharged from the Air Force. Along came two more children: Cliff in 1971 and Mike in 1972.

Richard worked various jobs over the years, including working at FMC, Dykes Electric and INEL. In 2011, he retired from the IBEW as a Journeyman Electrician.

Thelma also worked various jobs over the years. She was a cashier and a lunch lady for School District 25. She worked at Home Depot. Her favorite was working for the Hallmark store. She retired in 2008.

On March 6, 1982, after 14 years of marriage, Richard and Thelma’s marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints As active members of their church, they have fulfilled various callings over the years, Scouting being a favorite of both of them. Thelma really loved her primary and Relief Society callings.

When asked about their favorite hobby, Richard and Thelma would both tell you “family.” Family is of the utmost importance to them. They love to be surrounded by their loved ones. They have 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, with one more baby girl coming in December.

Please join Cindy and Henry Pape, Tracy and Tio Vela, Bob and Jennifer Kelley, Cliff and Jessie Kelley, and Mike and Cami Kelley for an open house celebration to honor their parents on Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LDS church house on the corner of Hawthorne and Chubbuck roads.

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