Alfred W. “Bill” and Mary Ann Friend of Washington celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on March 2, with the Bishops Anniversary Mass and Renewal of Vows at the Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, Fla. A reception was held at the church immediately following the ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. Friend were married April 12, 1969, in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington.

They are the parents of Melissa Ann (Robert) Hook of Barto, and Justin (Dawn Marie) Friend of Finleyville.

Their grandchildren are Matthew Hook, Zachary Hook, Parker Friend, Braden Friend, Adam Friend and Mallory Friend.

Mr. Friend was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as postmaster in Muse, retiring in 2010.

Mrs. Friend was employed by Washington County in the Register of Wills Office before retiring in 2011.

The couple currently enjoy traveling and volunteering at Washington Health System.

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