SUNNYSIDE – Bruce and Donna Homer will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day. The couple will mark the day at their home with their children and grandchildren, counting their blessings, Mrs. Homer said. They were married in the Sunnyside Methodist Church on Nov. 26, 1955. The longtime Sunnyside couple have four children, Darena Ah Quin, of Richland, Natalie Varoz of Phoenix, Ariz., Renee Carith of Richland and Jolene Henn of Sunnyside. They have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Homer is a retired journeyman plumber and farmer and she is a retired secretary.
Kantman and Vargas
Barbara L. Vargas will marry Michael S. Kantman on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. The couple will be united in marriage at the historic Princess Theatre in Prosser. The bride-elect is the daughter of Domingo and Pat Ramirez of Grandview. She is a licensed massage practitioner at Prosser Chiropractic. The groom-to-be is a special education teacher at Sierra Vista Middle School in Sunnyside. He is the son of the late Emma Lacy of Sunnyside. Celebrating the union of their parents will be the bride-elect’s two children, Lauren and Alexander, and her fiance’s two sons, Tyler and Ethan.
Zamora and Lopez
Samantha Zamora and C.J. Lopez will be united in marriage this coming Saturday at Le Jardin in Zillah. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gabriel and Misty Zamora of Sunnyside. The groom-to-be is the son of Daniel Lopez and Melinda Diaz, both of Grandview. Zamora is a 2009 graduate of Sunnyside High School. She earned an Associate’s degree at Columbia Basin College in 2012 and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2014. She is the owner of the Daily Buzz espresso shop in Sunnyside. Lopez graduated from Grandview High School in 2008. He continued his education, earning a degree to become a physical therapist assistant at Pima Medical Institute in 2015.
Marlee Ziegler of Sunnyside and Matt Elliott of Moses Lake were married Saturday, Aug. 1, in a late afternoon ceremony held at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser. Serving as maid of honor was Rachel Rodriguez. Colton Haas was best man. Bridesmaids included Heidi Merrit, Kayla Elliott and Stormie Douglas, who wore black lace dresses with a champagne-colored underlay in keeping with the bride’s white, gold and black colored Great Gatsby scheme. Flower girls Sadie Merrit and Isabella Douglas wore gold sequin dresses with black sashes and gold crowns. The bridegroom and his groomsmen entered the ceremony to the music of the Star Wars’ “Imperial March.” His groomsmen included Matt Milanca and Mike Ryan. Elijah Elliott was the ring bearer carrying a Star Wars’ ring pillow. The couple’s wedding vows included the words “in a galaxy far, far, away.” The Star Wars-theme was also featured on the wedding cake with a handmade topper of the newlyweds holding light sabers. The wedding guests enjoyed a catered dinner from Sunnyside’s Bon Vino’s Bistro and Bakery, with music by DJ Garin Moore. A photo booth and complimentary photographs were also enjoyed. Following a honeymoon trip to southern California, the couple is at home in Moses Lake.
Wavrin and Hernandez
Sunnyside High graduates Nidia Hernandez and Daniel Wavrin will marry one another on Sept. 5, 2015 in Terrebonne, Ore. at Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards Event Center. Hernandez, the daughter of Anselmo and Cristina Hernandez of Sunnyside, graduated from SHS in 2011. Wavrin graduated from SHS in 2010. He is the son of Dr. Bill and Laurie Wavrin of Mabton. The bride-elect is working toward a Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in marketing and a minor in anthropology. She is scheduled to graduate from college during the winter of 2016. Currently she is a public relations intern at SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics in Bellingham. Hernandez’s grandparents are Ricardo and Linda Rodriguez, Anselmo Hernandez-Rivera and the late Martina Samano- Hernandez. The groom-to-be is the grandson of Donna and the late Eugene Wavrin, and Don and Mary Olson. He attended Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. before moving to Ferndale. After returning to Washington, he started a small artisan cheese farmstead with his father. Wavrin’s best man at the Sept. 5 wedding will be his brother, Luke. Serving as maid of honor will be Hernandez’s sister, Addy. The couple plan to make their home in Ferndale after exchanging wedding vows.
Ross and Woods
Christeen Woods and Grant Ross were united in marriage at Neighborhood Church Assemblies of God in Sunnyside on June 27, 2015. The bride is the daughter of Betty Woods, and the groom is the son of LeRoy and LaRae Ross, all of Sunnyside. The bride wore a white ball gown from David’s Bridal. Her bridal bouquet was simple and elegant. Walking her down the aisle at the beginning of the wedding ceremony were the bride’s brothers, Lance and Jordan Warner. Serving as maid of honor was Amber Coder of Sunnyside. Sadie Ross of Sunnyside was a bridal attendant. Reagan and Justin Ross of Sunnyside both served as the groom’s best men. The bride was among the top 10 percent of her graduating class at Sunnyside High School. She was named to the Dean’s List five semesters in a row at Heritage University. The groom is an electrician at Mid Valley Electric. A reception in honor of the newlyweds was held at Belma Square near Grandview. The couple spent their honeymoon in Leavenworth.
Morrow and Morrow
Next month Jim and Coline Morrow of Sunnyside will celebrate 50 years of marriage. The high school sweethearts were married at the First Baptist Church in Sunnyside on Aug. 27, 1965. Together they raised their three children in Sunnyside. They include Lisa Raeanne of Sedro Woolley, Brandon Guy (Michaela) of Spokane and James Howard (Cher) of Sunnyside. The couple now has two grandsons, Colton James, 11, and Jackson Caleb, 6. Mr. Morrow is a retired car salesman and Mrs. Morrow is a retired legal assistant. The couple celebrated their anniversary with a week-long family trip in Seaside, Ore., as well as a trip to the zoo, as requested by Mrs. Morrow. A party in their honor is being planned by the couple’s children. It will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 908 Woodward Ave. in Sunnyside. The party will include a wedding vow renewal ceremony and a dinner. The family asks those planning to attend to RSVP by calling Cher at 837-4224.
Elliott and Ziegler
Marlee Ziegler, the daughter of Teri and Gordan Ziegler, will marry Matt Elliott of Moses Lake on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center in Prosser. The bride-elect is a 2006 graduate of Grandview High School. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in early education at Heritage University and will teach fourth grade students in Warden this coming fall. She is the granddaughter of Oscar and Trina Alvarez and the late Darrell and Darene Ziegler. The groom-to-be is the son of Grant Elliott and Trina Sullivan. He is the grandson of Guy and the late Lois Cote, Sylvia and Doris Elliott. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, Elliott earned a GED and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He earned an Associate of Arts degree in welding and is a welder at Genie Industries in Moses Lake.
Bernie and DiAnn Schutt will mark 50 years of marriage on July 10. The longtime Sunnyside couple was married in Sunnyside in 1965. They have two sons, Thad and wife Lisa, and Ryan and wife Kellie; as well as three grandchildren, Sofia, Mason and Emma.
Strieck and Shupe
Planning to exchange wedding vows on Sept. 12, 2015 are Marlena Shupe and Dustin Strieck, who will be joined by their son, Mason. The couple plans to wed in Zillah. The bride-elect is employed at the Benton County Courthouse in Prosser. The groom-to-be works for Milne Fruit Products, also in Prosser.
A no-host dinner will be held in celebration of Rick and Sharon Anderson’s 50th wedding anniversary this coming Friday (June 12) at Sunnyside’s El Valle Restaurant. The no-host social hour and dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. and their friends and family are invited to attend. The couple was married June 19, 1965 in Prosser. They have lived and farmed in the Sunnyside area all of their married life. The Andersons have three children: Jeff and Sonya Anderson, Eric Anderson and companion Tammy Fields and Amy Anderson. In addition they are grandparents to eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Chino and Farias
Cristalindo “Crissy” Farias of Sunnyside and Alfredo Chino of Toppenish were married April 30, in the chapel of Calvario Church in Sunnyside surrounded by family and friends. She is the daughter of Martha Jo Farias of Sunnyside and he is the son of Maria Chino of Toppenish. Serving as bridal attendants were Rachel Rodriguez of Sunnyside and Alysha Alegria and Mellisa Alegria, both of Othello. Following the wedding ceremony a reception was held at Iglesias del Calvario.
Karen and Don Vlieger of Sunnyside will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on March 29. The couple was married on March 29, 1980 in Bellflower, Calif. They moved to Sunnyside 23 years ago, where they chose to raise their three children. Their children include Kristi, a resident of Granger, John (Xenia), who is serving in the military, stationed in Clarksville, Tenn., and Hannah, who resides in Sunnyside. The Vliegers are innkeepers and owners of Sunnyside Inn Bed & Breakfast.
Cardenas and Leyendekker
Valerie Leyendekker and Christopher Cardenas are planning to be united in marriage on March 28, 2015 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The bride-elect is the daughter of Sid Leyendekker and Annette Jones of Mabton. She graduated from Mabton High School in 2000 and is currently a medical assistant at Kadlec Clinic. The groom-to-be graduated from Granger High School in 2004. Five years later he earned a fitness and health degree from Eastern Washington University. He is currently a teacher in the Mabton School District. His parents are Debra and Refugio Cardenas Jr. of Granger.
Emily Elizabeth Borders and Jeffrey Smith Martin were married on Aug. 22, 2014 at the Spokane LDS Temple. The couple celebrated the occasion with maid of honor Christina Bush of Charlottesville, Va. and attendants Laura Johnson and Cyndil Tanner of Spokane, Caitlin Hafen of Virginia Beach, Va. and Sarah Spencer of Austin, Texas. Jonathan Martin of Sunnyside was the groom’s best man. Serving as ushers were Hyrum Palmer of Washington D.C., Bendan Scott of Portland, Ore., Larry Loose of Provo, Utah and Andrew Borders of Spokane. The bride wore a beautiful fit and flare dress. Flowers were from Sunnyside’s Morris Floral and were a gift from Sunnyside’s LaDon and Sandra Linde. The colors were plum, silver, lilac and gray. The bride’s parents are Garry and Sue Borders of Spokane, and the groom is the son of Dr. Gary and Kathryn Martin of Sunnyside. The bride graduated from Rogers High School in Spokane. She is employed as a consultant at NewEdge Inc. The groom graduated from Sunnyside High School. Both the bride and groom attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. A reception in honor of the newlyweds was held at the Borders residence in Spokane after the ceremony. The couple went to Maui for their honeymoon.