About 150 friends and relatives attended a reception July 27 to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of Bernard "Red" and Shirley Taylor of Rootstown.
The reception was hosted by their children: Patricia, Linda, John, and daughter-in-law Katie Taylor (wife of their late son, Richard). It was held at the Crossroads Community Church (Christian & Missionary Alliance) in Shalersville.
Bernard Taylor and the former Shirley Corbett were married July 23, 1953, at The Chapel in the Garden in Angola, Ind.
They met at Allen Aircraft Products in Ravenna, where Shirley was employed as a secretary/bookkeeper, and Red was employed with E.H. Gray Electric Co. in Ravenna as an electrician.
Special guests at the reception included Red's niece Carolyn Hainer and her husband Jim of Goodyear, Ariz.; his nephew Mark Cornelius and wife Debbie of Westerville; Shirley's aunt Phoebe Beetler Swain of Ravenna; sisters Jean Iverson of Palmyra and Joan McGinley and husband Tom of Warren; and brother Ralph Corbett and his wife Carolyn of Palmyra.
One very special guest was the Taylors' only great-grandchild, 1-year-old Alec, who traveled from Tennessee to meet his large Ohio family for the first time.
Sending greetings but not able to attend were Red's sister, Norma Miner of Ravenna, and Elizabeth Beutler Corbett, Shirley's mother, who lives in Cortland.
The family will be celebrating Elizabeth's 100th birthday later this year. Grandson Joel Stair and wife Kristin sent their congratulations by video from California.
Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and were treated to a slide show of Red and Shirley's lives, both before and during their many years of marriage, created by daughter Linda. Son John served as master of ceremonies, while Katie helped welcome the many guests.
The entire church was decorated in pink and white roses, the theme of their wedding and reception in 1953. The couple wore flowers designed after the ones they wore then, as was the anniversary cake which graced the head table.
Pieces of the Taylors' wedding china, given by family 60 years ago, formed centerpieces for the guest tables, designed by daughter Patricia. There were many photographs and family albums for family and friends to enjoy.
Guests were asked to complete "memory cards" of special times shared with Shirley and Red through the years.
Red was also employed with Keller Electric Co. and Community Electric in Akron.
He is a retired member of Local 306 I.B.E.W. Shirley is the former office manager and personal secretary to two senior pastors of the C&MA church, positions she held for nearly 30 years before her retirement in 2004.
Both Red and Shirley have been active in church, school and community activities and have lived in the Ravenna area their entire lives.
Red and Shirley have four children: Patricia Taylor-Trow (and David) of Ravenna; Linda Taylor of Elkhart, Ind.; John Taylor of Yadkinville, N.C.; and the late Richard Taylor (and Katie).
They have six grandchildren: Joel (and Kristin) Stair of San Diego, Calif.; David (and Alison) Stair of Nappanee, Ind.; Kerstin (and Tyler) Pakka of Knoxville, Tenn.; Lindsey Trow of Ravenna; Sean Taylor of Maryland; and Nathaniel Taylor of Westfield Center.
They have one great-grandchild, Alec Richard Pakka of Knoxville, Tenn.