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Mr. and Mrs. Meadows celebrate 67 years of marriage

Posted: August 16, 2011 11:57 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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When Kershaw County residents began to hold their own tea parties and receptions in honor of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s April 29 nuptials, Celena Traynham, ABC, started thinking about ways that her residents at Karesh Long Term Care Center could also get in on the fun.

Traynham, who works as a certified activities director at the Karesh Long Term Care Center, said she received an email several months ago from the S.C. Activity Professionals Association, describing ways that activity directors can host “royal” events at their own facilities.

“And then I thought that it would be great if we had our own kind of royal wedding here. So I said to myself, ‘Who is married here?’” she said. “And that’s when I thought about Frank and Joy Meadows.”

Traynham said the Meadowes have been married for 67 years. And renewing their vows, she added, would be a great milestone in their lives that they could share with the other residents.

After enlisting the help of Pastor David Stratford, who officiated the vow renewal ceremony, Traynham selected Joy’s roommate, Rose Parker, to serve as the Matron of Honor. Fellow resident John Drakeford served as Frank’s best man.

Nancy Smith, whom Traynham says was “phenomenal” in helping coordinate the wedding, got tuxes for the groom and best man, as well as an arc and flowers for the ceremony. Joan Sheorn donated her wedding dress and her daughter’s bridesmaid dress. Reynolds Nursery, Spitzers Florist, Evelyn’s Bridal and Victorian Expression also donated items for the ceremony and gathering, while Aberdeen Catery supplied food for the reception.

“I think, in all, there was about two weeks of planning. When we first started planning we thought that it was just going to be for the residents, but after a while, word started spreading around the hospital,” Traynham said, adding that activity coordinator assistant Zilphia Shepard was instrumental in helping plan the wedding. “Everybody was happy that day. I think we all took something away from the ceremony – I think we could all feel the love in the air that day.”

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