Ruel and Deanne were the honored couple celebrating 60 years of married life together, and celebrating Ruel’s 90th birthday. Of their 145 posterity 123 were present. Five of these unable to attend are serving LDS missions at this time.
Family came from New York, Georgia, Texas, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and local.
Ruel and Deanne were married October 15, 1951 and were blessed with eight children: Harriet, Julie, Jared, Todd, Barbara, Sanford, Sheldon and Kristin, 43 Grandchildren of which only 22 are married, and 61 great grandchildren, with five more on the way.
The reunion started Thanksgiving evening with dinner of eight turkeys with the trimmings. Followed with a Randall Family Feud show with survey questions coming from family members relating to time and activities and rules from Grandma and Grandpa Randall. Old family reunion videos were watched with some good laughs from the past.
Friday was spent on service projects, cutting wood, making quilts, along with cooking demonstrations on making bread, noodles, yogurt and the goods were taken to needy families.
Friday evening was a time for memories of Ruel and Deanne their legacy and the importance of family ties.
Saturday included a temple session (almost standing room only), more eating and then cleaning of the stake center. They are grateful for being able to use that wonderful facility.
The cake was made by Janelle Randall Brown portraying the pickup truck Ruel & Deanne had when they were first married. The back is filled with reminders of their life together, children, farming, gardens and missions.
Sometime we just have to stop and really focus on what really matters most. Family gatherings seem to do just that.