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Carolyn and Leon Embree

Carolyn Embree (Gilfillan) and Leon Embree were married Sept. 22, 1954, at the First Christian Church, DOC, in Coquille. Both graduated in 1954: Carolyn from Marshfield High School and Lean from Coquille High School.

Leon enlisted into the Navy in 1954, then the Air Force, spending 24 years in total service. They traveled about the world during this time, raising three children. When Leon retired from the Air Force in 1977, he and Carolyn moved to Coquille and began work for the Sheriff’s Department for 18 years.

Upon retiring from the Sheriff’s Department in 1995, they set about seeing our great country, visiting long-time military friends and family in their RV. This had been a dream of theirs for many years. After several years of traveling in their RV, they took many train trips across the country. For their 50th wedding anniversary, they celebrated with an Alaskan cruise, and then a Panama Canal cruise.

On Aug. 2, their children, Susan, David and Dennis, arranged a 60th wedding celebration at Cougar Lane/Agness RV park on the Rogue River. More than 100 family and friends attended, coming from North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and California. Several of their friends and family hadn’t seen each other for many years.

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Leon and Carolyn have three children, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. They currently reside in Coquille and enjoy spending time with their family.

Happy 60th anniversary Mom and Dad. We love you so much!

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