Joe and Ruth Crider, Alton, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a drop-in reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 30, at the Alton Multipurpose Senior Center. Their children and grandchildren will host the event. All family and friends are invited to commemorate this special day. Cards will be welcome, but omission of gifts is requested.
Joe Crider and Ruth McDowell were united in marriage by the Rev. Fred Hartman on June 28, 1957, at the Church of the Nazarene in Esther, Mo. They have three children, Allen Crider, Cheryl Foster and Michael Crider; one son-in-law, John Foster; one daughter-in-law, Orilla Crider; and four grandchildren:?Cody Foster, James Crider, Abigail Crider and Milton Crider.
Joe served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1960. He was a photographer with the 127th Signal Battalion, 7th Division in Korea for 13 months and finished his term at Fort Sill, Okla. The Criders owned and operated Crider Studio in West Plains from 1962-1971.
Ruth worked in the photography studio, then later entered a career in nursing. She received her associate's degree in 1987 and BSN in 1991. Ruth retired from nursing in 1999.
The Criders moved to Alton in 1994. Joe operates Crider's Bookkeeping and the Criders are now in their 11th year of publishing the Alton Advertiser. Joe served as president of the Alton Chamber of Commerce for three years and has been vice president for the past five years.
The reception will honor the 11th anniversary of the Alton Advertiser as well as their 50th wedding anniversary. Refresh-ments will be served.
If one is unable to attend the reception, but would like to send greetings, cards and wishes may be sent to them at Rt. 2, Box 2017, Alton, MO 65606.