Saunders’ celebrate platinum anniversary

GALLIPOLIS — C. Leon and Juanita Saunders will celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary on Dec. 25.

The couple was married on Christmas Day in 1945 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Rio Grande. On Dec. 28, 1945, Leon left for Berlin, Germany, where he served as a technical sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Saunders began his career in banking the Ohio Valley Bank Co. on March 1, 1949. After 45 years of service, he retired as senior vice president and trust officer. In addition, he served on the board of directors of Ohio Valley Bank and as director emeritus.

Mrs. Saunders owned and operated Head Quarters by Juanita and Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio in Gallipolis until her retirement.

Leon and Juanita have two sons, Ronald (Cinda) Saunders and Brent (Shawn) Saunders, both of Gallipolis. They have five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Help the couple celebrate their milestone anniversary with a card shower at 615 First Ave., Gallipolis, OH 45631.