Bill and Elaine


MINOT — A surprise 25th anniversary party was held June 8 at the VFW Hall in Auburn in honor of Bill and Elaine Verrill of Minot. They were surprised by having a Lincoln Town car pick them up and chauffeur them to the party. Mr. Verrill and the former Elaine Thomas were married June 4, 1988 at Agassi Village in Poland.

The party was given by Mrs. Verrill’s mother, Beverly Thomas and she received help from family and friends. At the head table, along with the couple, were the maid of honor and best man. The couple’s three children were in attendance, Josh Verrill and his family of Auburn and Shawn and Evan Verrill, who reside with the couple.

Approximately 80 people attended the event, including Mrs. Verrill’s two brothers and their families and Mr. Verrill’s mother, Martha Verrill, as well as his brother with his family and his three sisters and their families. There were also many other family members and friends on hand to help celebrate with the couple.

There was a picture retake of the original wedding party of those who were able to attend. Original wedding attendants present were Steve Roy, Kim Haggerty, Nikki Verrill, Julie Copp, Missy Meserve, John and Lee Verrill and Larry and Sam Thomas. A special DVD was played at the party that was put together by Diane, sister-in-law of the couple, and Arnold, uncle of the couple, showing 25 years worth of pictures of the couple doing various things throughout the years. A beautiful cake was made by Mrs. Verrill’s aunt, Charlene, and a homemade card box was made by Meagan, a niece of the couple.

The couple danced to “Just You and I” by Eddie Rabbit and Chrystal Gayle, just as they did 25 years ago at the wedding. Some gifts and cards were given to the couple. A special 25th anniversary plate was passed on to the couple by Mrs. Verrill’s great-aunt, Doris, from her own 25th anniversary.

Family and friends contributed to the meal and a DJ played a variety of music for those who wanted to dance. Many family members and friends had come the night before to set up and help decorate the hall. Decorations were in silver and white with some pastel colored balloons to match the original colors worn by the wedding party. Special homemade centerpieces for each table were assembled by Mrs. Verrill’s mother and Meagan and Morgan, nieces of the couple.

The couple went out for a special dinner to celebrate with a sister and brother-in-law, whose anniversary was the actual day of the party.   

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