J. Lowell and Marilyn Peterson

J. Lowell and Marilyn Peterson of French Creek will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 23. They were married in Weston by the Rev. James G. Crouch, presently of Summersville.

They met in grade school in Weston and dated throughout their high school careers in Weston High School.

They have two sons, David (Cynthia) of Clemmons, N.C., and Phillip (Mary) of Waynesburg, Pa.; eight grandchildren, Josh, Alex, Luke, Ashley and Lacey Peterson and Lauren, Amanda and Bradley Hayes; and a very special “great-great-niece,” Aaliyah Price.

Mrs. Peterson is the daughter of the late Lucille (Waggoner) Queen Hinzman and Merna C. Queen of Turner Town near Weston. She is a graduate of Glenville State College and West Virginia University and taught school for 33 years, 28 years in kindergarten, retiring from Gilmer County in 2005.

Mr. Peterson is the son of the late Herbert and Dorothy (McVay) Peterson of Maxwell’s Run near Weston. He completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry at West Virginia Wesleyan College, his master’s degree in inorganic chemistry at West Virginia University and his PhD in inorganic chemistry at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He worked at Glenville State College for 32 years, serving as a professor in math and chemistry, acting president and vice president of Academic Affairs. He retired in 2001 from the academic world.

Since their retirements, they have enjoyed living on a farm, raising horses and cattle and keeping active in French Creek United Methodist Church. Mr. Peterson also enjoys gardening and hunting. Mrs. Peterson enjoys traveling, reading and various crafts.

Their family will host an open house for friends and relatives from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 23 at the First Baptist Church in Weston, where they were married. The church is located at the corner of Center and Second streets in Weston with the entrance from Second Street.

Gifts are to be omitted, but cards may be sent to: 242 Heavenly Gait Lane, French Creek, WV 26218.