anniversaryHankSylviaCarpenter-photoHank and Sylvia Carpenter of Jessieville, Ark. celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception arranged by their four daughters on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the home of their youngest, Dana Ramsey. in Hot Springs Village. Friends and family joined the couple in a walk down memory lane complete with a slide show, stories, punch, wedding cake and treasured fellowship.

    Hank and Sylvia were married Feb. 21, 1962, at the home of Bud and Inez Seavy in Pagosa Springs. They spent the first few years of their marriage migrating back and forth between Hank’s family in Colorado and Sylvia’s family in Arkansas before deciding to settle in Pagosa Springs when their oldest daughter started elementary school. In the spring of 1987, they made their last move back to Jessieville, where they have lived since. 

    Hank and Sylvia are now retired and enjoying the freedom to travel to their favorite camping spots; create handmade heirlooms for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and to devote their energies to what has always mattered most to them — family. 

    They are the parents of Melissa and Steve Speers; Frankie Kemp; Marlena and John Dodd; and Dana and Tim Ramsey, all of Garland County, Ark. They have 11 grandchildren and one new great-granddaughter. The couple is also blessed by many siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.