Velma and Coy Jarrett
Velma (McCord) and Coy Jarrett of Kennewick will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at a reception held by their children and grandchildren from 1-4 p.m. April 18 at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland.
Velma moved here in 1950 from Corpus Christi, Texas. Coy came to the Tri-Cities in 1954 from Battle Creek, Mich., with the Army and was stationed at Camp Hanford.
They met at the youth group at the First Baptist Church in Richland that same year and were married April 15, 1955, at Central United Protestant Church in Richland.
Velma attended Carmichael Junior High School and graduated from Columbia High School in 1954. She worked as an executive secretary for Miles Laboratory in Elkhart, Ind., from 1958-61 and General Electric at Hanford from 1961-66. She was a homemaker before returning to the work force in 1976 as a life insurance agent. She worked for Standard Insurance for 14 years before becoming self-employed in 1984. Velma opened Jarrett Insurance Agency in 1989.
She is a member of Toastmasters Club No. 274 and achieved Distinguished Toastmaster status. Velma has been a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors since 1977 and was actively involved in the Tri-City Estate Planning Council.
Coy managed several Singer sewing machine stores across Michigan and Indiana from 1956 through 1961, when he returned to Washington to manage the Pasco store in 1962. He joined General Electric at Hanford in 1963 and worked in purchasing and procurement for various contractors for nearly 30 years. An active member of the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council, Coy served as Material Coordinators union steward for several years prior to retiring in 1995 from Westinghouse Hanford. He also worked part time for 25 years as an Electrolux salesman.
Coy was president of the International Federation of Technical Engineers and is a Shriner and an Odd Fellow.
They are longtime members of the First Baptist Church in Pasco.
They have four children: Ron Jarrett of Richland, Don Jarrett of Richland, Peg Jarrett of West Richland, and Jim and Tricia Jarrett of Aiken, S.C.
They have nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.