Elinor "Punky" and Robert Jeffrey of St. Petersburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at East Bay Country Club in Largo with their family and friends. The Jeffreys were married on Dec. 8, 1962, at Hasson Heights United Methodist Church in Oil City, Pa., and they moved to the area in 1987.
Robert, an Army veteran serving from 1954 to 1956, went on to have a career in banking, retiring as executive vice president at First Seneca Bank in Oil City. Elinor is a homemaker and a registered nurse. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing and was a nursing instructor at Clarion University in Oil City.
The Jeffreys have two children.
Carol and Tom Lee of Treasure Island celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a party with their family and friends at home in August. Married on June 17, 1962, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Silver Lake in West Harrison, N.Y., the Lees moved to Treasure Island in 1994.
Tom served in the Navy for four years and worked at UPS. Carol is a homemaker and worked as an office manager and in accounts receivable. Tom volunteers at St. Petersburg College and at the Wellness Center, while Carol is active in local organizations. They enjoy gardening and living on the water. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Mary and Lester Sandoe of Largo celebrated their 71st anniversary this year at a party with 50 of their friends and family at their son's home in Warren, Mich. The Sandoes were married on July 19, 1941, in Detroit and have lived in Largo for the past 31 years.
Lester served in the Navy during World War II as a radioman second class and went on to work at Cadillac Motors. Mary has been a homemaker. Both Mary and Lester recently celebrated their 90th birthdays.
They have three children and three grandchildren.
Diane and George Young of Seminole recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a cruise out of Boston, the area in which they honeymooned 50 years ago. They were married on Oct. 20, 1962, at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Liverpool, N.Y., and moved to Cocoa Beach in 1967.
They moved to Pinellas County in May 1970, when George was an engineering information systems specialist at GE/Lockheed Martin. Diane is a homemaker and worked in a clerical position for Pinellas County schools.
Together they have a raised two children and have three grandchildren.