Margaret and Mike Roberts celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 24 with friends and family gathered in Morgantown, W.Va.
Margaret is the daughter of Eloise Herrick and the late Edwin Herrick of New Martinsville. They were married at St. Vincent de Paul Church on Aug. 24, 1963. The anniversary celebration was organized by the couple's three children, their spouses, and eight grandchildren. It included a mass at St. Francis de Sales Church, during which the couple received a letter of greetings from Pope Francis.
Family and friends attended a reception featuring the music of the Mon River Big Band, a 17-piece swing orchestra ordinarily directed by the groom. A special guest of honor was the bride's mother, who celebrated her 98th birthday in May. Seven of Margaret's eight living siblings attended from their homes ranging from West Virginia to California.
Mike and Margaret Roberts today
The couple will "honeymoon" with a trip to the Grand Canyon and Sedona, Ariz.