Anniversary – Marsh |

Anniversary – Marsh

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Martin Keith Marsh and Mary May Marsh recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley. The couple met at Black Hills Army Ordnance Depot where Mr. Marsh, a native of Nevada City, was assigned on his return from the Korean War. Mrs. Marsh was born and raised in Edgemont, S.D., and was an employee at the military installation at the time. They were married a year later on Sept. 18, 1954, at the First Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne, Wyo., en route to a honeymoon in Nevada City and San Francisco.

Attending the event were the four Marsh children and six grandchildren: daughter Jennie and her husband, George Jackson, and two of their three children, Emily and Rachel, all from Chico; daughter Becky Long and her children, Madeline and Hannah, from Redlands; son Timothy and his wife, Marsha, and their two daughters, Tong Tong and Cai, from Mesa, Ariz.; and daughter Nancy and her husband, Eric Wood, from Foresthill. Grandson Nicolas Long and son-in-law Gary Long were unable to attend. The young people provided impromptu but delightful entertainment, including creative dancing and sing-alongs.

After an adventurous career of 21 years in the Army, with domiciles in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Taiwan, Colorado, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Nebraska and Alabama, Mr. Marsh pursued a second career as a professor at the South Dakota, Humboldt State and Cal State Bakersfield universities. As their four children matured, Mrs. Marsh found employment opportunities at the latter two colleges and continued her lifelong service to her church in various capacities. The Marshes retired to Alta Sierra in 1991 where Mary has remained busy with church work and the Interfaith Food Ministry, and Mr. Marsh has devoted volunteer time to the county grand jury, Friends of the Library and local history writing.

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