Earl and Beulah Kline, of Craig, were honored at an open house reception marking their 65th wedding anniversary Saturday, June 20, 2009.
The reception was hosted by the couple's children, Randy and LuAnn Kline, and Sheila and Rex Evans, at the American Legion Hall on Moffat County Road 7.
More than a hundred people dropped by to visit and offer their best wishes between 1 and 4 p.m.
Cake and punch were served to the many guests, and the lime green, blue and turquoise color scheme was carried out in table decor and lovely flowers.
A Friday night barbecue at the Randy Kline family home kicked off the festivities, and a family dinner at the Legion hall allowed more time for family to gather.
Many of the family attended The Journey at First Baptist Church on Sunday morning, but the honored couple were not among them, as Earl was admitted to the hospital Sunday morning, suffering from the effects of all the celebrating and a touch of pneumonia.
Special Guests at the reception included friends from California, Bob and Patti Thorpe, as well as family members Shirley Brandt; John and Carolyn Palmer; Ruth Rickerby; Jessie Easterly; Phil and Normalene Kline; Gale Griffen and Trista Perry, of Grand Junction; Jeanne and Larmon Loucks, of Broomfield; Michael Smith; Brett, Meagan and Alayna Kline, of Craig; Karl and Traci Kline; Jozy Kline; Gary and Joyce Hickman, of Denver; Rex and Sheila Evans; Sheri Backhaus and Trista Perry, of Casper, Wyo.; Mark, Melissa and Trey Evans, of Rock Springs, Wyo.; and Jill, Rylan, Landen, Kenzie and Morgan Kellum, of Mountain View, Wyo.
Of the couple's two living children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, only grandson Travis Evans and his wife Sarah, of Lincoln, Neb., and great-granddaughter Taylor Evans, of Evanston, Wyo., were unable to attend.
Earl Kline was born on the family ranch east of Cedar Mountain in Moffat County, the son of Ernest and Elizabeth Herod Kline.
He grew up on the ranch and attended country school, often taught by his father. He graduated from Craig High School.
Beulah was born to Bert and Eunice McBee Acuff in Utica, Kan., but moved to Cedaredge as a girl. She graduated from Cedaredge High School.
The couple met at Grand Mesa Bible Camp, where Earl says he noticed her sawing on a piece of alabaster with her left hand, and wondered how she did that.
After corresponding for sometime, they were married in Cedaredge on June 18, 1944.
Following a short honeymoon, they came to live on the family ranch that has been their home for 65 years. There, Earl farmed, and together they raised three children. Earl also worked for the Moffat County School District in the Maintenance Department, and Beulah worked for many years at the Moffat Rest Home.
The couple is planning a celebration cruise to Alaska in September. Friends and family wished them a wonderful trip and many more years of life together
Celebrating 65 years together is a rare occurrence in our society, but Earl's parents reached that milestone in 1978. In 1921, Beulah's great-grandparents, Claiborne and Amanda Kitts Acuff, saw their 65th anniversary.
"When we stood together and promised till death do us part, we meant it," Earl said. "We were raised to get married and stay married."
Congratulations, and best wishes to this remarkable couple.