Rita and Elbert Proctor of Richland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 8.
Rita was born and raised in Rummerfield, Pa., and Elbert is originally from Nash County, N.C. They were married March 8, 1952, at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Elbert was in the Marines and a friend was married to Rita's niece and introduced them.
They both retired from IBM, Manassas, Va., and moved to Richland in August of 1997. Previous to that, they lived in Catlett, Va., for 27 years.
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They have one daughter, Drew, who is employed by Columbia Basin College and lives in Kennewick.