The couple were married June 12, 1960, at the First Baptist Church in Wichita.
In September of 1960, they started school at the University of Kansas. Jim Christiansen had a four-year football scholarship.
Their children are Jay and Kathy Christensen of Basehor and Jeff Christensen of Marion.
To celebrate their anniversary, the couple are planning a one-week trip to Colorado.
Anniversary well wishes and cards may reach the couple at their home in Marion.