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Marriage- Stevens, Karen-Willits, Donald

Stevens-Willits Wedding Held June 12 in Florence
Karen Stevens and Donald Willits, Jr., were united in marriage on Saturday, June 12, 1982, at the United Methodist Church in Florence, Ks. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Fulton, Salina, and Pastor Freeda Steele, Florence.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Dewy Stevens, Florence, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Willits, Rossville. Grandparents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Neil McCallum, Elmdale, and Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Stevens, Florence. Grandparents of the groom are Mrs. Ruth Wallace, Des Moines, Ia., and Mr. and Mrs. John Willits, McLouth.

The candlelit ceremony was accented by altar flowers of blue and white daisies and gladioli. The bride chose a floor-length gown of polyester organza, lined in acetate lace. Empire styling of the gown included lace trimmed long illusion sleeves with lace cuffs and a full skirt with a chapel-length train. Her chapel-length veil of sheer illusion with lace trim matched her gown. The bride carried an arrangement of blue and white silk roses on a white Bible. She also carried a white linen handkerchief that belonged to her great-grandmother.

Miss Cindy Stevens attended her sister as maid of honor. Mrs. Donna Funk, Hillsboro, was the brides matron. Miss Melissa Stevens, sister of the bride, was flower girl. Miss Sharon Willits, sister of the groom, was candlelighter. The bride's attendants wore blue floor-length gowns with matching lace jackets.

Mr. R.K. Wallace, Des Moines, Ia., a cousin of the groom, served as best man. Mr. John Kratina, Topeka, was groomsman. The groom and his attendants wore blue tuxedos with white pleated shirts. Ring bearer was Matthew Jennings, Wichita. Ushers were Mr. Glenn Jennings, Wichita, and Mr. Kevin Gleason, Uniontown.

Music for the ceremony was provided by vocalists Cindy Stevens and Karen Willits, sisters of the bride and groom, and John Kratina, Topeka. Organist was Miss Cheryl Phares, Ponca City, Okla.

Attending the guest book was Debbie Willits, sister of the groom. Assisting with gifts were Miss Jena Miller, Baxter Springs, Miss Jane Bodecker, Benton, and Miss Cynthia Callahan, Topeka.

A reception was held in the church basement. The reception table was decorated in the blue and white theme, centered by a tiered cake. Hosting the reception were Mr. and Mrs. Delano O'Dell. Assisting were Mrs. Nedra Jennings, Wichita; Mrs. Darla Deck, Round Rock, Tex.; Mrs. Sherry Selters, Emporia; Miss Brenda O'Dell, Mrs. Larry Linnens and Amy Linnens, Mrs. Donna Fetrow and Miss Kim Schaffer.

Following the reception, the couple left on a wedding trip to the Lake of the Ozarks.

Mrs. Willits is a graduate of Marion High School and Emporia State University. She is employed by Western Insurance Company at Ft. Scott. Mr. Willits is a graduate of Rossville High School and Emporia State University. He is employed as a teacher at Uniontown. The couple is at home in Ft. Scott.

[From 13 Jul 1982]

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