Breeces celebrate 50th anniversary

Monday, June 15, 2015

A 50th anniversary banquet for Charles Herbert Breece, son of the late Thurman R. Breece and Katie E. (Gamblin) Breece, and Murlene Breece, daughter of the late Elic and Velma (Bryant) Bowen was held in their honor Saturday, May 16 at the Southside Assembly of God Church in Poplar Bluff with over 100 people in attendance.

The couple was married Nov. 14, 1964. Their five children: Murlene Calhoun, Harlowton, Mt., Charlene Salazer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Herbert Breece, Fulton, Tonya Martin, Poplar Bluff and Nathan and Natalia Breece, Seguin, Texas, and four grandchildren: Jonathan and Andrew Salazar, Will Martin and Lautaro Breece were all present.

The fellowship hall was decorated in blue and gold. Each table, decorated in blue with a gold strip down the center, held a beautiful glass centerpiece filled with rocks, a candle and blue and gold flowers. A 50th Anniversary banner was draped on the wall behind the family table. There was also a banner outside and one identifying the "Memories Gone By," table where guests placed their bygone memories beside a photograph of the couple. Mini lights hung from the ceiling and around the room. In the center of the room hung a 50th year symbol. Plants with lights were placed in the Fellowship Hall. Well wishers signed the guest book. Each person was given a ticket and a drawing was held awarding a gift card for a man and for a women along with four centerpieces. The other six centerpieces were given to family members as keepsakes.

Brother Harold Condray, Sr., selected the music. A tape of Charlie Pride singing, "All I Have to Offer You is Me,"was played. Brother Harold, Brother Buster Walter, Brother Harold Condray, Jr. and little Hailey Bradford all sang Christian songs. Hailey picked her guitar. One of the songs she sang was "I'll Take the Road I Know."

A three layer cake was baked by Rollen Stollen and Dexter Bar-B-Que prepared the meal.

During the cake cutting, the bridegroom presented a wedding ring set to the bride. The sons, Nathan and Herbert, presented a Mother's ring with all the names and birthstones of the children. A ring was then presented to their three daughters as a keepsake.

When asked about the next 50 years, Mrs. Breece replied, "I won't be here. I'd be 120 years old."

The couple appreciated all the family and friends who came to wish them well.

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