After just three months of dating, Harlon Lain and Nina Hedgpeth decided to tie the knot and today, 50 years later, they are celebrating their Golden Anniversary.
The marriage of Harlon Lain and Nina Hedgpeth took place on Dec. 29, 1962, at First Baptist Church in New London, Mo.
Nina is the daughter of the late Dorothy and Mason Hedgpeth, and Harlon is the son of Dorothy Lain and the late Homer Lain.
Officiating at the ceremony was Pastor Walls. Serving as maid of honor was Dorothy German, sister of the bride; and bridesmaid Ruth Lain Cowden, sister of the groom. Serving as best man was Jerry Martin of Hannibal and groomsman was Bob German, brother-in- law of the bride.
Harlon and Nina are the parents to three children: Curtis Lain and his wife Tonja of Hannibal, Debbie Williams and her husband Todd of Hannibal, and Cathy Fohey and her husband John of Palmyra. The Lains are also blessed with five grandchildren: Christian and Parker Williams, and John Stanley, Audrey and Ava Fohey.
Harlon is retired after 42 years with Gardner Denver in Quincy, Ill., and Nina is retired after 34 years with Hardees. In their retirement, Nina enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Harlon also enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, hunting, "playing cards and passing time" with his buddies at Jack's Harbor Marine, and he is a doting son to his mother, Dorothy Lain, of Willow Care Center. Harlon and Nina keep busy traveling around the area so that Harlon can play music at different venues.
Family and friends are invited to an open house at Arch United Methodist Church today, December 29, to celebrate this blessing. The open house will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the couple requests no gifts.