PENDLETON -Charles and Laquitta (Kit) Hoeft will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15, at McKay Park. The couple request no gifts.

Charles Elwood Hoeft and Laquitta Gladney were married July 3, 1954 at the Family Ranch, in George Canyon, northwest of Pilot Rock. She was the daughter of the late Bert and Leona Gladney. Hoeft is the son of the late Ed Hoeft and the late Doris Hoeft. The couple lived in the Pilot Rock and Pendleton area until recently.

Charles Hoeft worked as a rancher and farmer most of his life. He operated Hillside Machinery Company for a time and helped his sons establish Mountain View R.V. Park. He volunteered with scouts, 4-H, Soil and Water Conservation, Farm Bureau, Umatilla Planning Commission and the Umatilla County Fair, where he was a board member and manager. He is a life member of the Elks Club and spent 20 years with the National Guard and Army Reserve.

Kit Hoeft worked in the home as a wife and mother. She also spent time working with Ken Leek and Oregon Agricultural Statistical Service. She volunteered with the extension homemakers, 4-H, at the schools and the Umatilla County Fair.

The Hoefts currently are "snowbirds." The stay busy helping their children with various projects and enjoying their grandchildren.

The couple has four children, Debra and John Nordheim of Waistsburg, Wash.; Charlotte and Larry Portouw of Atlanta, Ga.; Mike and Karen Hoeft of Pendleton; and Aaron and Jaci Hoeft of Walla Walla, Wash. They have eight grandchildren Carla, Mindy, Cody and Michaela Nordheim; Jeff and Laura Portouw and Logan and Connor Hoeft.

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