Frank and Antonette "Toni" Jewell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 3 with a limousine ride and dinner out with their family.
They met at Eastern University in Spokane and were married Dec. 3, 1960, in Cle Elum. They lived in Abilene, Texas, and Seattle before settling in Kennewick, where they have lived for 45 years.
Frank retired from BCSR as a manager/computer programmer in 1989 and Toni retired from Battelle Northwest as a technical typist. She previously taught high school and business classes at Columbia Basin College.
Frank volunteered as an ombudsman at the Royal Columbian Retirement Center for seven years. Toni was in charge of the floral/plant arrangements at St. Joseph's Catholic Church for more than 15 years and played and sang in the church choir.
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Frank enjoys reading, history, woodworking, gardening/fruit and nut trees, his tractors and maintaining the homestead. Toni enjoys Bible study, HGTV and caring for her two horses and her pet parakeets.
Frank and Toni are members of the Parish of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
They continue to live on their four-acre farm in the Kennewick Highlands. For years, they kept goats and ran the only Grade A goat dairy in Eastern Washington and were also very involved with 4-H, showing horses and raising their five kids.
They continue to keep up their "gentleman's farm;" and are very involved with the lives and families of their five children, Jeff Jewell and Becky Willoughby of Kennewick; Teresa Trapp of Lacey; Jodee Heidmann of Alexandria, Va.; and Andrew Jewell of Hillsboro, Ore. They have 14 grandchildren.