Mary Martha (Smith) and John Thomas Paxton, Hannibal, will be honored at a private family celebration in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.
There were married Sept. 15, 1962, by the Rev. Martin, at the home of Harry and Ellen Fisher. Attendants were Miss Georgia Smith and William Elledge.
Mrs. Paxton is the daughter of Charles and Naomi Smith. Mr. Paxton is the son of Mrs. Jewel Paxton.
They are the parents of Naomi (Troy) Egbert, Diana (Marty) Lasby, Kevin (Kathy) Paxton, John (Sandy) Paxton, Charles (Lori) Paxton and LaTonda (Kenny) Rickey.
They have 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
In their younger years, they spent much time camping and dancing. They still enjoy spending time with family and friends. They are both retired.