A 50th wedding anniversary will be observed on July 11 for Gene and Verna (Smith) Ashley of Rockford. They will celebrate their special day together with a dinner at Reds on the River.
On August 8, an open house celebration will be held in their honor at the Rockford Community Cabin from 1 to 5 p.m., given by the couple’s children
Gene and Verna’s children are Brian Ashley, Dennis and Bobbie Jo BeVier, and Kevin and Becky Briggs. The couple has five grandchildren: Justin and Tyler BeVier, and Christopher, Brandon and Kelsi Briggs.