Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ayres, Ada, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple’s children are hosting a come and go reception on Sunday, June 26, from 2-4 p.m. at Ada Arts and Heritage Center, 400 South Rennie.
Bill Ayres and Peggy Scates were married June 16, 1961, at Ada by the late Rev. L.E. Perrin. Bill and Peggy have lived all their lives in Ada.
Bill attended school at Pickett Center, Vanoss and Latta. He worked at Collins Hiway Lumberyard, Cook Paint, city of Ada Rosedale Cemetery and was a wall paper hanger. After retiring, Bill spends most of his time in woodworking. He has made numerous bird houses and bird feeders, picnic tables and porch swings.
Peggy attended school at Latta, Byng, and graduated from Ada High School. She worked for TG&Y for nine years and has worked for Wal-Mart going into her 26th year. She is a member of Morris Memorial Baptist Church and was a part of the Joy Sunday School Class. She enjoys working in the yard and mowing. Scrapbooking takes up a lot of spare time now.
Family is very important to Bill and Peggy. For many years Friday night has been family night at Bill and Peggy’s house. Everyone gets together for a family meal and enjoys games or just visiting with each other.
The couple has two daughters, Penny and Patty. Penny and Wayne Bush live in Ada and Patty and Don Bowers also reside in Ada. The couple has one grandson, Mark Bush, Ada.
Instead of gifts, the family asks friends to take a photograph or a written memory to share with Bill and Peggy. If there is a story behind the photograph, the family asks that the story be written down. Paper and pens will be provided to write out memories or stories that will be placed into a scrapbook.