Doug and Rita Nelson

Rita and Doug Nelson in 1967

Doug and Rita Nelson are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in August with a gathering at Wallowa Lake for family and friends.

The Nelsons were married Aug. 19, 1967, at St. Pius Catholic Church in Billings, Montana. They are 35-year residents of Umatilla County.

Doug is a retired service manager for Ford and Dodge dealerships, and the couple now farms near Adams, Ore.

Rita, a retired teacher, volunteers for RIF and Heritage Station Museum. She enjoys garden club and PEO activities, and seeing all the students she taught in preschool and second grade.

The couple has three children, Darin, Gary and Colette, and four grandchildren.

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