John and Allene Hensley of Erie are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

John Hensley and Allene Merrill were married on Sept. 3, 1967, at the United Methodist Church in Galesburg.

The Hensleys have lived in Kansas, Colorado and Missouri. They have lived near Erie since 1981.

Mr. Hensley worked as an accountant for 36 years. Mrs. Hensley retired after teaching French, Spanish and English for speakers of other languages for 29 years in CUSD 101.

They are the parents of three children, Angela Roberts and her husband, Jim, of Nashville, Tennessee, Jessica Erickson and her husband, Scot, of Mascoutah, Illinois, and Jason Hensley and his wife, Tammy, of Shawnee. They have 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Hensleys celebrated their anniversary with a family get-together for a few days in Branson, Missouri, in June.

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