Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements


Gadberry and Laughlin

Amber Rae Laughlin and Zack "Hat" Gadberry

Gary and Therese Laughlin announce the engagement of their daughter Amber Rae Laughlin, all of Baldwin City, to Zack “Hat” Gadberry, Glencoe, Okla.
The future bride is a 2006 graduate of Baldwin High School. She is studying for a bachelor’s degree in biology at Oklahoma State University and has been accepted into the Radiology Tech Program at Meridian Technology Center, Stillwater, Okla. She is a pharmacy technician at Wal-Mart Pharmacy in Stillwater.
The future groom is the son of Roy and Kathy Gadberry, Stringtown, Okla. He is a 2004 graduate of Stringtown High School. He earned an associate degree in animal science from Eastern Oklahoma State College, a bachelor’s degree in animal science (pre-veterinary) at Oklahoma State in 2008, and is studying for a master’s degree in agriculture education at Oklahoma State. He is employed at Ralph’s Packing Company, Perkins, Okla.
The couple plan a July 25, 2009, wedding at Mehan Union Church in Stillwater.


Chalmers and Ray

Kerry Chalmers and Mark Ray

Kerry Chalmers, Baldwin City, and Mark Ray, Lawrence, announce their engagement.
The future bride is the daughter of the late Walter and Margret Chalmers.
The future groom is the son of Bill and Sharon Ray, Lawrence.
The couple plan an Oct. 17, 2009, wedding at Worden United Methodist Church in Baldwin City.



Jose and Amanda Casas

Amanda Atwell, Surprise, Ariz., formerly of Lawrence, and Jose Casas, Surprise, Ariz., were married May 29, 2009, at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Sun City, Ariz., with the Rev. Martha Conner officiating.
The bride is the daughter of William Atwell, Lawrence, and Angela Atwell, Surprise, Ariz.
The groom is the son of Ismael Casas and Maury Hernandez-Casas, Surprise, Ariz.
Maid of honor was Kaley Houk. Best man was Jose Lopez. Bridesmaids were Kristy Larocca, Gloria Cameron and Alby Gamboa. Groomsmen were Roberto Navarro, Mario Navarro and Patrick Bishop. Flower girls were Alyssa Atwell, Abby Pruzinski, Jasmin Navarro and Juliana Perez. Ringbearer was Fransisco Navarro.
A reception was given at Salon Barcelona Reception Hall, El Mirage, Ariz.
The bride attended Lawrence High School and graduated early from E-Institute in Arizona. She will graduate with associate degree in social work this December, then pursue a master’s degree at Arizona State University.
The groom attended Peoria (Ariz.) High School, is a head cook at Applebee’s Restaurant, and is preparing to attend a Culinary Arts Institute to become a professional chef.
The couple reside in Surprise, Ariz.



Nancy and Joel Rife

Nancy Coleman and Joel Rife, both of Albuquerque, N.M., were married May 30, 2009, at the Salsa del Salto Inn, near Taos, N.M., with the Rev. Tim Maiz officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Hal and Ruth Coleman, Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Betty and Otho Lovering of Albuquerque.
The groom is the son of Max and Wilma Rife, Lawrence.
The bride’s personal attendant was her sister, Linda Hobson. The groom’s personal attendant was his brother, Kurt.
A reception and dinner followed at the inn.
The bride earned a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University in Denver, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University and is a fourth-grade teacher in the Rio Rancho School District.
The groom earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Kansas University, and is a professional engineer and associate at the engineering firm of Camp, Dresser and McKee in Albuquerque.
The couple reside in Albuquerque.



Forrest and Susie Budd

Forrest and Susie Budd, Lawrence, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Wednesday. A dinner is planned for a later date.
Forrest Budd and Susie Rogers were married July 15, 1939, in Lawrence, and have continued to maintain their home here.
Forrest attended Kansas University from 1937 to 1939. He retired from the Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor in 1976, after 35 years of service. Susie is a homemaker; she worked part-time at Cole’s Grocery for a number of years.
The couple requests no gifts.



Theron and Dixie Harper

Theron and Dixie Harper, Lawrence, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday. A card shower will be hosted by their children. The couple is planning a trip to Branson, Mo.
Theron Harper and Dixie Deems were married July 17, 1949, at the home of the bride’s parents in Butler, Mo.
The couple own and operate Deems Farm Equipment Inc., the John Deere dealership in Lawrence.
They have three sons, T. Kevin and wife Becky, Eudora, Rod and wife Barbara Woodruff, Overbrook, and the late S. Kyle, who died in June 1995; two daughters, Kathi Hunsinger and husband Chris, Baldwin City, and Libby Spring and husband Jim, Eudora; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Cards and well wishes may be sent to Deems Farm Equipment Inc., 1110 E. 23rd St., Lawrence, 66046.



Mildred and James Cooper

James and Mildred Cooper, Lawrence, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary July 5 with a family gathering at their son Brian’s home in Shawnee.
The couple were married July 2, 1944, at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence.
James was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He attended Kansas University and worked at Kansas Power and Light/Westar for 37 years. Mildred also attended KU and is a homemaker. She is active at Plymouth Congregational Church.
They have two sons, Gary and wife Betty Jo Switz, Alburquerque, N.M.; and Brian, Shawnee; and a daughter, Rosie Shelton and husband Charlie, Lawrence; and two grandchildren.