Vern and Leora Belliston, of Richland, were married on July 31, 1940, at the Manti Utah LDS Temple in Manti, Utah. They will celebrate 70 years of marriage July 31 with an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jadwin building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
They moved to the Mid-Columbia in January 1943.
Leora is a homemaker and artist. She was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
Vern worked for Rockwell Hanford, Atlantic Richfield Hanford Co., Douglas United, General Electric and Dupont. He retired in February 1981.
They have six children, Erlynn Lofthouse of South Jordan, Utah; Linda Boehning of Richland; Joan Eyre of West Richland; David Belliston of West Richland, Debra Hatch of West Valley, Utah; and Brian Belliston of Pasco.
They have 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.