James and JoAnn (Buchman) Thurston of Burdick will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children and grandchildren from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Elmdale United Methodist Church in Elmdale.
A dinner for the immediate family will follow the reception at Grand Central Hotel in Cottonwood Falls.
The Thurstons were married Nov. 24, 1957, at Elmdale United Methodist Church. They owned and operated oilfield tank and fitting manufacturing companies in Kansas and Texas. JoAnn Thurston later retired as a medical transcriptionist with the Texas State Hospital system.
Their children are Lou and Lori Thurston of Hillsboro, Deb and Terry Scott of Allen, Texas, Kirk and Angela Thurston of Harper, and Marty Thurston and Wayne Criger of Plano, Texas. The couple has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The couple requests no gifts, but cards may be sent to them at 2344 BB Avenue, Burdick, KS 66838.