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The Wearshings

Joan and William Wearshing of Weeki Wachee recent celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 8, 1952 at St. Peter's Church in Merchantville, N.J.

Joan volunteers for Hospice and DayStar and gardens in her free time. Bill enjoys reading, following sports and fishing.

The couple have five daughters, eight grandsons and two great-grandchildren.

The Hammonds

Gene and Peggy Hammond of Spring Hill recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a two-week tour of Borneo.

The Hammonds met in 1952 at a dance in Yokosuka, Japan, where Gene was a U.S. Marine and Peggy was a civil service secretary with the U.S. Army. Following an engagement party with friends in Yokoshama, they returned to Peggy's hometown, Pittsburg, Pa., for their wedding on Oct. 22, 1952.

After completing 21 years with the Marines, Gene Hammond operated a mobile home repair service, while Peggy Hammond managed their 18-unit mobile home park in Hubert, N.C. The couple retired to Spring Hill in 1980.

The Hammonds are board members of the Friendship Force, an international organization that arranges worldwide home-hosted travel. They are also active members of the Spring Hill Community Association and are currently involved on the Angels on High project.

The couple's anniversary trip took them to the areas of Sarawak and Sabah, Malaysia, situated on the island of Borneo, and to Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia.

After returning, the Hammonds were treated to dinner by their children. They have a son, Gary and daughter-in-law, his wife Jean, of Brooksville; and a daughter, Eileen of Weeki Wachee. They also have one grandson.

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