Jim and Shirley Creitz celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a romantic trip to Canada at the end of June. Being married around Valentine’s Day seemed like a good idea at the time, but the frozen month actually makes anniversary plans difficult. So when things thaw in the spring, the anniversary fun began.

James Parker Creitz met Shirley Ann Stanton in high school and fell instantly, deeply in love just like in any movie involving Prince Charming. They were married on Feb. 8, 1964, in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Their dedication to each other and their relationship with Jesus helped them overcome the huge obstacles that marriage and life brings. They raised four boys and a daughter. Jim and Shirley live in Pullman, Wash. 

The Creitz family includes James Alan and Randi Creitz of Billings, Mont.; Anne and Fidel Carpio of Denver, Colo.; Steve and Dawn Creitz of Caldwell, Idaho; Scott and Hope Creitz of Lewiston, Idaho; Kristie and Randy Bilbo of Caldwell; 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

May 30, 2014