Smiths to celebrate 65th anniversary
Marvin E. and Shirley (Voelker) Smith of Topeka will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 4.
Friends are invited to celebrate at Hoyt Baptist Church from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7. The couple requests no gifts.
Please join their children, Connie Smith, Ben Smith and his wife, Ramona, Donna Amend and Jim Smith and his wife, Elizabeth, along with their six grandchildren, Jennifer Davis and Curt Hermann, Brandon and Blake Smith and Brock and Chanel Smith, for a time of fellowship and memories. Marvin and Shirley also have five great-grandchildren, Monica and Spencer West, Jake and Tyrus Davis and Camdyn Smith.
Shirley Joanne Voelker and Marvin Eugene Smith were united in marriage on Aug. 4, 1951 at 5 p.m. in Hoyt. The ceremony, officiated by the Rev. Harold Brown, husband of Marvin’s sister Helen, took place in the home of Shirley’s parents, Paul and Wilma (Holt) Voelker, who co-hosted with Marvin’s parents, Edwin and Erma (Isaacs) Smith, also of Hoyt.
The newlyweds made their first home in Wichita, where Marvin commenced teaching the Veterans on the Farm Program at Friends University, and Shirley was employed as an insurance agency office assistant.
Summer of 1953 saw the couple’s return to northeast Kansas when Marvin signed a contract with Seaman Rural High School in north Topeka as vocational agriculture teacher and advisor of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program. Many of the students’ parents farmed in Soldier Township’s Kaw Valley north of Kansas Highway 24.
In March 1955, Shirley and Marvin moved from the boxcar home on Menninger Road to their newly purchased farm in northeast Shawnee County. By 1965, the couple and their family of four children were engaged in full-time Grade A dairying.
After the Holstein dairy herd was liquidated in 1985, Angus beef populated Sunnyside Farm and kept Shirley and Marvin busy in the years to come. Marvin was elected to the Kansas House in 1980 and served 14 years as a representative.
Cards may be sent to the couple at 123 NE 82nd St., Topeka, KS 66617.