Martin and Paula Strauser, Sullivan, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary August 17, 2013, with an open house at New Hope Baptist Church. The celebration was given by their son, Martin Jr. (Marty), wife Debora and church friends.
The Strausers were united in marriage August 17, 1963, at the First Baptist Church, Esther. The Rev. V.E. Defreece officiated at the ceremony.
Martin graduated from Sullivan High School, Flat River Junior College, Southwest Missouri State University with a Master of science. Martin taught high school industrial technology for 31 years at St. Clair and retired from teaching in 1998.
Paula graduated from Esther High School, flat River Junior College, Missouri University, Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and Maryville University St. Louis with a Master of Arts in Elementary education. She taught elementary school for 26 years retiring from St. Clair Elementary in 2000.
Paula then taught for Missouri Baptist University.
The Strausers live on a farm, run a cow calf operation and love to travel.
Their children are Martin Jr. and Debora, St. Clair, and Shane and Elizabeth, High Ridge. They have three grandchildren and one great- grandchild.