Willie and Irvine Stone
Willie and Irvine Stone of Richland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 5.
They were married on Aug. 5, 1967, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Springfield, Ohio. They moved to the Mid-Columbia from Ohio in July 1975.
Willie graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1968 and began teaching biology in Dayton, Ohio. She worked as assistant director for minority nursing programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to moving to Richland.
She received a master’s in education from Washington State University. She worked for the Pasco School District from 1975 to 2006 as a teacher, elementary and high school principal, and director of Elementary Education and of Educational Services. She retired from the Pasco School District in 2006.
She served the community on several boards, including the Benton-Franklin County Drug Abuse Board, United Way Allocations and past Board Vice President, Martin Luther King Monument Committee and the Salvation Army. She is a charter member and past president of the local chapter of the Tri-Cities WA LINKS and the Columbia Basin Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Irvine served in the U.S. Army from 1965-67. He graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; University Wisconsin-Madison, Wis., and the University of Washington-Seattle, in physics and nuclear engineering respectively.
He did nuclear and chemical engineering work for Westinghouse Hanford Company, Areva and URS in Richland. He retired from Areva in 2012.
He is active in the Boy Scouts of America, serving on the local Blue Mountain Council Executive Board and Council camping chairman. He also served for several years as council advancement chairman. He is a 1998 recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.
He has been active in the local chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for 37 years and is a life member. He has served as chapter president and most recently as district director, managing activities for Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
They have two children, Porsha Stone of Seattle and Irvine (Courtney) Stone III of El Paso, Texas. They have three grandchildren.
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