Edmund J., Jr. and Mary Lou (Cox) McGarrell, of Elmira, NY celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 6, 2013.
They were married June 6, 1953 at St. Cecilia's Church in Elmira, NY, by Father Arthur C. Smith. Their attendants were Eleanor (Cox) Woodward and Robert J. Murray.
Mary Lou is the daughter of the late Frank and Beatrice (Moran) Cox. Ed is the son of the late Edmund John and Katherine (Leary) McGarrell.
Mary Lou is a 1950 graduate of St. Joseph Hospital's School of Nursing, and retired from the Chemung County Nursing Facility.
Ed graduated from LeMoyne College in Syracuse's first graduating class, in 1951, and retired from Corning Incorporated in 1992.
They have three children: Edmund and his wife Donna (Mengel) McGarrell, Molly Rumbarger and her fiancée R. Michael Brown, and Colleen and her husband Lenny Mourhess. They have four grandchildren, Corey and Erin McGarrell, and Devon and Casey Rumbarger. They have (almost) two great-grandchildren: Marissa McGarrell and her much-anticipated brother, expected in August.
Ed and Mary Lou will celebrate their special day with a Catholic Mass and family!
Heavenly Father, we thank You from the bottom of our hearts for your continued blessings on our union that have enabled us to reach another anniversary. We thank You for letting our love deepen and for helping us in time of trial. We know that without your assistance we would never have remained so close as we are.
We ask You to continue to watch over us, over our homes and families. Help us to renew our vows of love and loyalty and to strive to remain united with You, steadfast in our faith and in your service. Amen
Published in the Star-Gazette on June 2, 2013