Howard and Marilyn Owen of Pine Bluff recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The couple enjoyed a weekend of celebration on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The event was attended by close friends and hosted by their children, Richard of Minneapolis, Minn., and Tana of Ocean Springs, Miss.
Marilyn is the daughter of the late Paul and Edna Holder. Howard is the son of the late Herman and Evelyn Owen. They met by chance while each was vacationing in New Orleans, La., with their own friends. They were married on Feb. 17, 1962, in West Frankfort, Ill.
Howard worked for the Cotton Belt Railroad until his retirement. For many years, Howard was very involved with the Pine Bluff Boys Club, coaching the Blue Jays football and basketball teams. Marilyn is retired from the Pine Bluff school system. They are both active members at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church.