On July 20, 2012, the 70th wedding anniversary was celebrated for Virgil and Ruth Hughes at their residence in Leadwood where they have lived for over fifty-five years. Their children, Rusty (Allen, Texas), Ray (Roswell, Georgia), Lea Donna (Farmington, Mo.) and Annetta (Chattanooga, Tenn.) with spouses (Pauline, Marcy, Sonny Starn and Clark Crawford, respectively) had afternoon dinner with Darr and Mom.

Account of Wedding Day:

On August 25, 1942, Virgil took a bus from St. Louis to Flat River, Mo. Virgil was staying with his sister Pearl in St. Louis. Half way through the trip to Flat River, Virgil realized that he left the wedding bands in St. Louis. Virgil made a call to St. Louis to send the rings special delivery. The rings arrived just before the wedding on August 27, 1942.

On August 26, Virgil and Ruth went to county seat in Farmington, Mo. to secure marriage license.

Virgil. and Ruth were married on August 27, 1942 at 503 Keith Street, Flat River, Mo. (now Park Hills, Mo). Jasper Glore, friend of the groom, was best man and Hazel Wisdom, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. Ruth wore a dress she borrowed from her sister and Virgil wore his only suit.

Other attendees: Alvin and Ada Jane Hasse, parents of the bride, who provided a dish pan as a wedding gift; Ruth's Aunt Gladys, who gave them a set of glasses as a wedding gift, and Ruth's brothers and sisters.

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Honeymoon was trip back to in St. Louis.

In January of 1943 Virgil was drafted into service, US Army.

Virgil and Ruth have been blessed with four children, nine grandchildren and sixteen greatgrandchildren.

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