Les and Anita Cunningham celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary first with family and relatives in Billings, Mont. They later took a trip to Sweden where they, along with their 14-year-old granddaughter, Leah, visited relatives and friends.
Anita was born and lived in Sweden until 1962, when she immigrated to the U.S. After attending La Sierra College in California and graduating from Glendale Adventist Hospital School of Nursing, she met Lester, who was stationed in Los Angeles serving in the Army at the time.
Lester's home was in Atascadero, Calif. After the Army, he worked for the California Division of Highways then pursued a degree in civil engineering at Walla Walla College in College Place, Wash.
After Anita's graduation, they got married Aug. 20, 1968, at the Vallejo Drive Church in Glendale, Calif. Their first home was in College Place, where Anita worked as a nurse at Walla Walla General Hospital. Lester completed his degree in 1971 and went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, later getting a master’s degree in engineering from Colorado State University. They are charter members of the Walla Walla Eastgate Church and are still members there.
The Cunningham family is blessed with Christine Wells of Connell, Wash.; Martin and Rhonda (Spencer) Cunningham of Johnson City, Tenn.; and 5 grandchildren.