Linda and Duane Garner of Kennewick will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 9 with a renewal of vows at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Kennewick. The priest who married them, Father Robert Gralapp, will officiate. A celebration will follow in the Parish Community Center and a renewal Mass at 2 p.m.
They were married on Aug. 8, 1964, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sioux City, Iowa. They moved to Kennewick in 1978 from Barstow, Calif. They bought five acres in Badger Canyon and built their own home.
Linda received her registered nursing degree from St. Vincent School of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1963. She then earned a bachelor's degree in management from Pacific Christian University. She worked as a nursing administrator for Kennewick General Hospital and a special projects coordinator at Walla Walla General Hospital before retiring in 2008 as a nursing administrator for Sunnyside Community Hospital.
Linda was named Kennewick Woman of the Year in 1987. She is a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, AFS Kennewick Chapter, Columbia Chorale, Trios Hospital volunteer, Emeritus volunteer, Parish of the Holy Spirit Council, Prairie Shufflers Square Dance Club, AONE, NWONE, Holy Spirit Choir and Canoe Friends
Duane received a bachelor's degree in education from Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., in 1964. He went on to earn a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Northern Arizona University. He started as a counselor in 1978 at Kamiakin High School and later as Southridge High School's first counselor. He retired from the Kennewick School District in 2001.
Duane is a member of the Kennewick Education Association, Washington Vocational Association, Holy Spirit Parish Council, Holy Spirit Choir, AFS Kennewick Chapter, Prairie Shufflers Square Dance Club, Knights of Columbus, Chair of fund raising drive for Parish Hall, Canoe Friends, and Rattlesnake Mountain Shooting Association.
They were founding members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and have enjoyed traveling to Bolivia and Europe, outdoor adventures with camping and canoeing trips and hosting two foreign exchange students.
They have three children, Camilla Lockard, Noelle Garner and John Garner, all of Kennewick.
They have three grandchildren.