When four young ladies enrolled in Bible College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, they had no idea they would form lasting relationships which would last to the point of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries together. They are all graduates of the Bible college with Bachelor of Theology degrees.
Their names are Theresa, Sue, Norma and Feryle. Their friendship has endured since 1954. They were roommates in Bible college and afterward shared apartments until, one-by-one, they married and moved elsewhere. They have corresponded and kept track of each other these 58 years, visited each other and always knew what was going on in each family.
Recently, Sue (Pippin) decided since the quartet would be celebrating their ‘50th’ within months of each other, that they should all get together.
This happened the weekend of January 21-22, in Gallipolis, Ohio.
Theresa and her husband Bennie DeMerchant have been missionaries in Brazil for 46 years. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in Canada in July 2011.
Sue and Dudley Pippin had their 50th anniversary in February 2012. The Pippins are planning to retire soon to Florida from their hearing aid business.
Norma and Ivor Reuter will celebrate their 50th anniversary in September 2012. They pastored a church in Iowa until they retired. They have spent two terms on the mission field in Africa.
Feryle and Terence Lawrence will celebrate their 50th anniversary in June 2013. They pastored Calvary Christian Center for 21 years before retiring because of health problems. Thus, the reason for the reunion in Gallipolis, Ohio.
The six visited most of the restaurants in Gallia County, taking pictures and reminiscing about old times, laughing at the many incidents which occurred while they were roommates in St. Paul, Minnesota. They are all so thankful to God that He has spared their lives to celebrate this momentous occasion.