Murl Bottomly and Judy Bottomly

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:04 PM



Murl Ray and Judy Bottomly of Clearfield will celebrate their 90th birthdays. Family and friends may attend an open house in their honor at 6 p.m. on June 15 at the Loy Blake Park, 800 N. 3500 West in West Point.

He was born on June 19, 1923, in Tonopah, Nev. He married Beth Hamblin on Aug. 17, 1946. They were married for 53 years. She died on March 3, 1999.

His children and their spouses are Ernest and Ann Bottomly, Gail and Clyde Yardley, and Tami Payne. He has 14 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Sept. 20, 1940. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard as a signalman. He was in the Naval Reserve and recalled to active duty during the Korean War, stationed at Pearl Habor for a year. He retired from the Naval Reserve Construction Battalion Seabees in 1983 and Hill Air Force Base after 36 years.

His interests include woodwork, camping, travel, stamp and coin collecting, and playing pinochle at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

While snowbirding in California, he met Judy Thomas, and they married on Dec. 21, 2001, in Yuma, Ariz.

She was born on Oct. 9, 1923, in Chariton, Iowa. She was raised on a farm with her brothers and sisters. She enjoyed country life. She married Otis Thomas on Dec. 19, 1942. He died on July 1998. They were married for 56 years.

Her children and their spouses are Phillip and Kathy Thomas, and Sheila and Bill Hughes. She has four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Her interests include painting, cooking, travel and crochet.

They enjoy playing dominoes.

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