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Harbours' 50th

Oct. 21, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Shelby and Emile Harbour of Kenova celebrate 50 years of marriage Oct. 20, 2012.

It all started at the Veterans' Administration Hospital staff residence, Washington, D.C., where he was an administrator and she was a nurse. One afternoon, Shelby was doing his laundry when Emile asked the way to the Catholic church. Soon, it was dinner dates at the Hot Shoppe and a honeymoon in Canada.

The couple started a family in the Maryland suburbs and built an A-frame in West Virginia's mountains. Later, they retired to Wayne County, seeking a slower pace and more elbow room. She loved reading thrillers and downtown's "half of a half" sidewalk sales. They enjoyed cooking together and furnishing their home and garden with Japanese accents. Williamsburg and Nags Head were favorite destinations, as was the Huntington Mall.

Best friends, helpmates, life companions... Golden years on Buffalo Creek included seeing China -- and never missing a "Days of Our Lives" or a chance to play Scrabble!

The Harbours celebrated their anniversary with a gathering at home. Their immediate family includes son Jan Harbour and his wife, Linda; daughter Diana Ehlich and her husband, Scott; and daughter Kim Harbour and her husband, Kris. The Harbours have five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.