Jerry and Lynn Cummins of Walla Walla celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 7, 2018.
They chose a getaway to Hawaii, taking a seven-day cruise on board the “Pride of Hawaii” and a week in Honolulu to visit historical and tourist attractions on Oahu, including attractions at Pearl Harbor.
The couple wed on June 7, 1968, in Spokane and moved to Walla Walla that August so Jerry could begin his teaching career at Garrison Junior High School.
They loved the area so much they decided to call Walla Walla home and ultimately raised four daughters here.
Over the life of his career, Jerry taught typing for seven years at Garrison Junior High School, spent another seven years as a business teacher at Walla Walla High School and for 18 years was vocational director for the Walla Walla School District until retiring from education in 2000.
Jerry then served as a case manager for Aging and Longterm Care; as a counselor for Employment Security; as executive director for the American Red Cross and as office manager for a local Medicaid Transportation Business.
He also serves on the Walla Walla City Council.
Lynn graduated in nursing in 1983 from Walla Walla Community College and worked full time primarily at Providence St. Mary as a registered nurse until retirement in 1998. She was involved in many aspects of raising their girls, including Girl Scouts and church while working. For many years she has actively volunteered in many capacities at SonBridge Community Center at the retail outlet store.
The couple’s daughters are Laura Holmes, Jeannie Shepherd and Lisa Cummins, all of Walla Walla, and Barbara and son-in-law Jeremy Tantrum of Shoreline, Wash. They also have 11 grandchildren.