Mary and Edward Avery of 282 N. June Street, Alpena, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 22, 2011. Family, friends, their children, grandchildren and great-grandson gathered together for an evening of dinner and dancing at the Alpena Holiday Inn.
The couple's children are Mark and Gail Avery of Piedmont, S.C.; Jeff and MaryBeth Avery of West Long Lake, Alpena; Tammy and Rick Klis of Hillman; and John and Evelyn Avery of Herron.
In addition to their children they have seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Mr. Avery and the former Mary DeCaire were married Jan. 28, 1961, at Grace Episcopal Church, Long Rapids.
Mary and Ed are both retired from Alpena Regional Medical Center.