Cheryl and William “Bill” Church
Cheryl and William “Bill” Church, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony on June 10 at their home in West Richland. Cheryl’s father, Bud Phelps, walked her down the isle as he had 50 years ago. Pastor Chris Charon officiated.
After being high school sweethearts they were married on June 3, 1967, at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church in Benton City.
Cheryl was born and raised in Benton City, graduating from Kiona-Benton City High School in 1967. She was employed at JC Penney, Inc. at Columbia Center mall and then in 1972 she began a 32 year career at Kiona Benton City School District starting out as an Ed. Assistant in a migrant program. She retired in 2004 as the District Business manager.
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Cheryl enjoys camping, antique and thrift shopping, reading, attending WSU Cougar football games, collecting teapots, and gambling trips.
Bill moved to Benton City from Texas in 1965 and graduated from Kiona-Benton City High School in 1967. He worked for Technibelt Corp. in Mountain View, Calif., before returning to Washington to work for James Durfee Mint Farms in 1968. He then became employed by Chevron Chemical Ortho Division in Finley, Westinghouse in 1993 and the Kiona-Benton City School District as head groundsman in 1996. He retired in 2014 from the school district.
Bill enjoys camping, watching his grandchildren play sports, gambling at local casinos and yard work. He is a Seattle Mariners and Dallas Cowboys fan, and a 25-year season ticket holder for WSU Cougar football.
They attend the Living Room Church.
They have two daughters, Candie (James) Hagedorn of LaPorte City, Iowa and Corie (Michael) Combs of Kennewick.
They have six grandchildren.
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