NEW GLOUCESTER – A surprise party was held Aug. 12 for Bruce and Viola Macomber of New Gloucester, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. The event was planned by their children and was held at the home of their daughter, Deana.

A collage of original wedding photos was featured and an anniversary cake, with a wedding photo of the couple, was served. Gold balloons and flowers decorated the home and the couple received many gifts and cards. Bruce Macomber Jr., son, was the toastmaster, and Janet Macomber, daughter-in-law, had charge of the guest book.

Mr. Macomber and the former Viola Schwerdtfeger were married Nov. 30, 1957, at the Universalist Church in Auburn.

Their children are Karen Marshall and husband, Mark, Deana Desjardins and husband, Gerard, Bruce Jr. and wife, Janet, and John. Their grandchildren are Meaghan McCormick, Jackson, Daniel and Jan Marshall and Campbell Macomber.

Mrs. Macomber is a graduate of NGHS and North Eastern Business School. She worked in the SAD 15 system and was a longtime treasurer of New Gloucester Congregational Church. She is former secretary-treasurer of the New Gloucester Cemetery Association.

Mr. Macomber is a 1957 graduate of Edward Little High School and is retired from the U.S. Air Force and Maine Army National Guard, after 35 years of service. He received an associate degree in business administration from Westbrook Junior College. He is a part-time toll collector for the Maine Turnpike and is a member of the New Gloucester Congregational Church, Cumberland Lodge No. 12 and Kora Temple Shrine.

Original wedding attendants present were Janice Huff Verrill, bridesmaid, Alden Macomber, best man, and Ben Grant and Bob Adkins, ushers.

Guests attended from Franklin, Tenn., New York, Monmouth, West Bath and Freedom. Special telephone calls were received from David Rowell of Utah and Melissa Rowell of Arizona.

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