CHILDRESS — Friends and family gathered for the 50th anniversary reception of Edwin and JoAnn Meyer the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 28 at the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church.
Edwin Meyer, son of Bill and Selma Meyer, grew up in Mason and moved to the Quitaque, Turkey and Estelline area. He attended Texas Tech
University before returning to Estelline to farm.
JoAnn Smith Meyer, daughter of Jim and Grace Smith, grew up in Canadian. She also attended Texas Tech just a few years after her future husband.
The Meyers met at a dance in Lubbock when Edwin returned to visit college friends. They dated for a couple of years, got engaged and married Sept. 4, 1971.
The couple have three children. Russell Meyer and wife Adrienne live in Abilene, Kayla Meyer DeVilbiss and husband Bret in Yukon, Okla. and James “Jimmy” Meyer, wife Kayla and stepdaughter Aria live in Childress.
All three Meyers kids graduated from Childress High School.
Edwin Meyer has lived and worked in the Childress area for 50 plus years as a farmer. An active member of the First United Methodist Church, he has served on many community committees and boards through the years as well.
JoAnn Meyer worked for the Childress Independent School District in several capacities. With her longest tenure being the high school secretary, staff and students affectionately referred to her as “Sarge.” She also serves as a longtime, active member of the First United Methodist Church.
Youngest son, Jimmy Meyer, explained that his parents have lived a simple life filled with many years of happiness and love, spotted by the inevitable bad times as well, but everyone has ups and downs.