24 June 2010

A Legacy of Love

Happy 60th Anniversary, Jim and Betty!

My husband's parents, Jim and Betty Leyndyke, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary, today.  What a legacy of love they have shown their four children and nine grandchildren.

James Marvin Leyndyke and Elizabeth Lorraine Corcoran met in Flint, Michigan in 1949.  Elizabeth, known as Betty by friends and family, was visiting her college roommate at the time.  Jim's hometown was Flint.  Jim and Betty were engaged later that year on a beach in Port Sheldon, Michigan.   

James Leyndyke and Elizabeth Corcoran were married June 24, 1950 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Their wedding reception was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  

They honeymooned in Northern Michigan and their first home was in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Carlton Avenue. 

I have known Jim and Betty for 30 years.  The first time I met them they welcomed me into their home and have continued to be wonderful in-laws.  They are terrific grandparents, too.  Jim is a creative, skilled woodworker.  He has made beautiful rocking horses, adorable pouting chairs, and even cradles for his grandchildren.  He made trains for the boys; and dollhouses for the girls.  Betty is a kind, loving, and supportive grandmother.  She is a great cook, too.  She enjoys family and it shows whenever you visit with her. 

The family will be celebrating their anniversary with a dinner at Tullymore, in the Canadian Lakes region of Michigan.  Our family is truly blessed with the presence of Jim and Betty in our lives.  Happy Anniversary, Jim and Betty!


  1. Happy 60th Anniversary to James and Elizabeth! Love hearing about these wonderful anniversaries! Trying to imagine the lives they have had thus far...wow.

  2. Thank you, Cheryl! They have had a pretty good life so far.