Dave and Ann Reed celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their three daughters, family and friends at a park near Artichoke, Minn.
The Reeds are a testimony to Adventist Christian education, meeting in 1961 at Maplewood Academy in Hutchinson, Minn. Ann Miller wanted to pursue her love for Jesus and started attending in 1959. She was baptized into the Adventist Church that spring. Her senior year at Maplewood Academy, Dave Reed began attending, and love found its match. They were married at Hutchinson Church Aug. 25, 1963, and settled nearby so their three girls, Julie, Brenda and Dianne, could attend the church school and Maplewood Academy.
Dave was a carpenter/contractor, a career he worked at for more than 40 years. He still enjoys helping people with their home projects. Ann had a health-food store and also worked at Maplewood. They always loved young people, and their girls had many friends to bring home.
They had moved to Oregon in 1985, living there 20 years. They helped start Better Life TV with three other couples and continued working at the station — Ann as manager and host and Dave as head cameraman — for many years while they still were working their business.
They eventually headed to Yuma, Ariz., and Marion, Iowa, becoming snowbirds and loving it.
The Reed family includes Julie and Loren Olson of Marion; Brenda and Kevin Johnson of Pleasant Hill, Ore.; Dianne and Doug Parady of Standish, Calif.; 9 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Their children and grandchildren are their testimony and pride. Loving the Lord and pursuing His will has led them on many Maranatha projects.