Clell and Jo Laird celebrated a '60-80" party with a family reunion in Bandon, Oct. 4-7. They celebrated 60 years of marriage and 80 years of life. The couple was married Sept. 7, 1952 and have the same birthday, Oct. 26, 1932.
All of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were in attendance. Those in attendance included their daughter, Robin and husband; Peter McCabe, from Madras; and their two sons, Laird McCabe and wife, Jenny, with 15-month-old Lucas, of Rancho Murieta, Calif.; and Jay McCabe and wife, Alexis, daughter, Rylee, 6, and son, Reagan, 4, of Madras. Also in attendance was thier other daughter Tana and husband, Ronnie Brickey, of Coos Bay; and their daughter, Katy Jo and husband, Forrest 'Robbie" Sanders, of Prineville, with 6-year-old Collin and 15-month-old Abby Jo; and son, Devin and wife, Kirsten Sears, of Pleasant Hill, with 15-month-old Carter.
Paul and Judy Favilla and Jerry and Yvonne Lundholm from Bandon caught, cleaned and cooked crab for the special crab feed Friday night.
Special guests were Jo's sister, Donnita, and her husband, Ron Nelson, of Beaverton. Other special guests that visited Saturday night for the steak feed provided by Pete and Robin, were Carolee Matthew of Roseburg and daughters, Jeanne Boone of Coquille, Mary Ann Sweet Puhl of Sixes and Milt, and Carol Smith of Langlois.
The families enjoyed the beautiful Bandon beach weather by building sand castles and making sand angels in wet sand, which made 'kid clean up" another fun project. A competition in horseshoes rewarded Robbie Sanders and Jay McCabe champions with Laird McCabe and sister-in-law Alexis McCabe as runners up. Also, champion domino winner was 'King of the Table" Devin Sears.
The celebration began with barbecue and potato salad and ended Sunday morning with an all you can eat Sunday Scramble. Thanks to the weekend chef, Peter McCabe.
Clell and Jo wish to thank all their family and friends for the wonderful steak feed, crab feed and gifts. Also for the mystery gift of a beautiful hanging basket left on their entry porch.
It was a party to remember!