LEWISTON – A surprise party was held recently for Raymond and Shirley Merrow of Lewiston, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Party hosts were daughters of the couple, Shelly, Sheila, Rhonda and Rachelle, and the gathering was held at C&J Hall in Lewiston.

Several collages were placed around the hall and a table filled with memorabilia, cards and gifts were featured. A table with the anniversary cake featured candlelight. Richard Merrow, brother of Mr. Merrow, was the toastmaster and Melissa Merrow had charge of the guest book.

The theme for the occasion was the 1950s and the guests of honor and family and friends were all dressed in 50s attire. The couple arrived to the hall in a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by their son-in-law, Bart Dickinson, and accompanied by their daughter, Rachelle Dickinson.

The couple was escorted through a decorated archway by flower girls, Hannah Dickinson and Julia Dow, and ring bearer, Hunter Dickinson. Jane Chartier, notary public, officiated at the renewal of vows.

Lorraine Lizotte, sister of Mr. Merrow, read a special message to the couple. A special toast was made by Richard Merrow, brother of Mr. Merrow.

A luncheon was served, followed by the cake, which was decorated with an image of the couple’s original wedding portrait. Family and friends danced and reminisced throughout the afternoon.

Mr. Merrow and the former Shirley Lowell were married on Oct. 22, 1955, at St. Joseph’s Church in Burlington, Vt., by the Rev. William Hammond.

They have four children, Shelly and husband, Everette Pike, Sheila Merrow, Rhonda and husband, David Dow Jr., and Rachelle and husband, Bart Dickson. They also have nine grandchildren, Stephanie and husband, Josh Cichowski, Christina Chasse, Timothy Chasse, Jonathan Chasse, Scott Turner and fiancee, Dawn Lovejoy, Julia Dow, Melissa Merrow, Hannah Mary Dickinson and Hunter Dickinson. They also have a great-grandchild, Scott Edward Turner Jr., and two stepgrandchildren, Emily and Kim Pike.

Mrs. Merrow operates Playful Pals Daycare in Lewiston and Mr. Merrow is retired.

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