Doral and Virgie Howard celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 1 with their five children and their spouses, 20 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
They were married in Malad, Idaho, by a Justice of the Peace on Aug. 1, 1942. He was 18 when he told 16-year-old Virgie, "For two cents, I would marry you." She had two cents in her pocket, gave it to Doral, and they eloped to Malad. Their vows were solemnized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple on Feb. 16, 1944.
He served in the Navy during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he went to work at Hill Air Force Base. He retired as supervisor after 33 years of service. After retirement, he raced and trained Thoroughbred horses full time. They traveled all over the western states racing their horses.
She worked at various jobs to help support their family. She says that her favorite job was that of wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.
Their children and spouses are Barry and Lalie Howard, Keven and Allie Howard, Bret and Lynette Howard, DeEtt and Todd Skeen, and Deone and Don Lassen.