Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements



Darlene and Don Sheriff

Darlene and Don Sheriff, rural Linwood, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in Rome, Italy, following a Mediterranean cruise.
Darlene Kulhman and Don Sheriff were married on Columbus Day, Oct. 12, 1950, in Fort Collins, Colo.
Don is a retired U.S. Air Force major and a retired data processing manager from Trans World Airlines. He is a life member of the Lawrence Breakfast Optimists and a past governor of Kansas District Optimists. Darlene is a retired advertising consultant from Woolworth Co.
The couple have two daughters, Kathy Lathrom, Olive Branch, Miss., and Melanie Proctor, Four Seasons, Mo.; two sons, Howard, Coffeyville, and R. Earl, Boone, Iowa; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.



Larry and Mary Cox

Larry and Mary Cox, Olathe, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at De Soto United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 8760 Kill Creek Road, De Soto. A buffet-style dinner will be served. Reservations must be received by Sept. 30 at (913) 782-8769 or
Mary Buckley and Larry Cox were married Oct. 14, 1960, at the Methodist Episcopal Church in De Soto.
Both are graduates of De Soto High School and previously lived in Lawrence for 20 years. Larry is retired from DuPont.
The couple have two sons, Mark and wife Lori, Florida, and Bryan and wife Chris, Colorado; and four grandchildren.
Cards can be sent to 11820 Moonlight Terrace, Olathe, KS 66061.



Jay and Helen Grosdidier

Jay and Helen Grosdidier, Eudora, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with a Mass and reception hosted by their children for family and friends, Oct. 2 at Holy Family Parish in Eudora.
The couple were married Sept. 30, 1940, at Sacred Heart Parish in Baileyville.
Jay owned and operated the Kaw Valley Implement business from 1955 to 1978. Helen worked for Weaver’s Department Store in Lawrence for 20 years.
They have two sons, Don and wife Mary, and Kenny; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Lindeen and husband Bob, all of Eudora; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Phillips and Skevington

Andrew Phillips and Mary Skevington

Bruce and Laura Phillips, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their son, Andrew Phillips, Lawrence, to Mary Skevington, Leawood.
The future groom graduated from Lansing High School. He earned a psychology degree from Kansas University in May 2009 and is a reintegration coordinator with TFI Family Services in Topeka.
The future bride is the daughter of Anthony and Constance Skevington, Leawood. She graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park. She will earn an applied behavioral science degree from KU in December and is an outdoor pursuits program manager at KU Student Recreation Center.
The couple plan a May 21, 2011, wedding at Redemptorist Catholic Church, Kansas City, Mo.



Erik Maurer and Juliann Mitchell Maurer

Juliann Drumm Mitchell and Erik Charles Maurer, both of Jacksonville, Fla., were married May 1, 2010, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, with the Revs. Paul McLain III and Michael Tierney officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Julie Motley Mitchell, Lawrence, and the late Jackson Churchill Mitchell.
The groom is the son of Gary and Jane Maurer, Medina, Ohio.
Maid of honor was Megan Dambro. Best man was David Maurer. Bridesmaids were Leah Darby, Renee Petrik, Holly Motley, Angela Johnson and Sarah Jeanne Mitchell. Groomsmen were Marc Kudley, Jack Mitchell II, Benjamin Rivet, John Paluga, Martin Ginnan and Jordan Mitchell. Honorary groomsman was Charles Maurer. Keeper of the petals was Kylie Motley. Bearer of the rings was Caeden Motley. Keeper of the heralders was Tierney Motley.
Program attendants were Adrienne Dopf and Melissa Kudley. Prayers were given by Rex Horning. Readings were recited by the Rev. Michael Tierney and Gary Maurer. Organist was Elizabeth Stephens. Personal attendants were Ashley Winters and Kelli Berry-Szrot. Honorary Mitchell family member was Herminia Zavala. Vocalist was Leah Darby. A special tribute for the late Jackson Churchill Mitchell was given by his sons, Jack Mitchell II and Jordan Mitchell.
A reception was given at the Evan Williams Estate in Lawrence.
The bride graduated from Wellington High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Kansas University in 2000 and a master’s degree in community health from KU in 2004. She became a Certified Health Education Specialist in February. She is a health program coordinator for Northrup Grumman in St. Augustine, Fla.
The groom graduated from Medina High School in 1998. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Ohio State University in 2003 and is a banker with Bank of America in Jacksonville.
The couple reside in Jacksonville.



Samuel and Elizabeth Constance

Elizabeth Ann Stephens and Samuel H. Constance, both of Kansas City, Kan., were married May 30, 2010, at the Clubhouse on Baltimore in Kansas City, Mo., with the Rev. Vicki Penner officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Ann Stephens, Lawrence, and David and Janice Stephens of Garden City.
The groom is the son of Virginia Constance and Dennis Constance, both of Lawrence.
Matron of honor was Erin Brown. Best man was Colin Constance. The bride’s attendants were Matthew Petty, Carolyn Enders and Erin Bird. The groom’s attendants were Mason Pine, Dustin Borland and Chris Ingram. Ushers were Zachary Davis, Zane Davis and Cassady Auchard.
A reception followed at the Clubhouse on Baltimore.
The bride is a 2001 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and a master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago. She is a fourth-year medical student at Kansas University School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kan.
The groom is a 1999 graduate of Free State High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration degree, both from KU. He is a creative project manager with Intouch Solutions in Overland Park.
The couple reside in Kansas City, Kan.


Lafond and Brackbill

Ashley Lafond and Shawn Brackbill

Ashley Lafond, Lawrence, and Shawn Brackbill, Altoona, Pa., were married June 12, 2010, at the Evan Williams Estate in Lawrence, with Riley Cougar officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mark and Alea Lafond, Lawrence.
The groom is the son of Richard and Linda Brackbill, Denver, Pa.
Bridesmaids were Allison Foster, Nicole Lafond, Lauren Mitchell, Suzie Blackburn and Kendra Smalter. Groomsmen were Harris Khlar, John Davis, Chris Richards, Justin Jarboe and Cale Parks. Flower girls were Rylie Carson and Gracie Schrader. Ringbearers were Huck Schrader and Mason Thomas. Photographer was Dalton Paley.
A reception followed at the Williams Estate.
The bride is employed as a music publisher with Domino Publishing and the groom is a music and fashion photographer.
The couple reside in Brooklyn, N.Y.



Carl and Julie Hinchey

Julie Brynds, Lawrence, and Carl Hinchey, Overland Park, were married July 22, 2010, at Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, Colo., with the Rev. Lynn Humston officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Earl and Adrianne Brynds and Judy Brynds, all of Lawrence.
The groom is the son of Chuck and Nema Hinchey, Conifer, Colo., and Judy Hinchey, Overland Park.
Maid of honor was Ashleigh Anderson. Best man was Joe Brynds. Ushers were Cody Bonham, Marshall Bonham and Dalton Bonham. Flower girls were Kaedence Brynds and Sarah Hinchey. Ringbearer was Marty Hinchey.
A reception followed at Della Terra Mountain Chateau.
The bride is a 2006 graduate of Free State High School and is employed at Golden Hill Family Dentistry in Lakewood, Colo.
The groom is a 2004 graduate of Bishop Meige High School, a 2008 graduate of Kansas University, and is employed at Ericcson in Boulder, Colo.
The couple reside in Thornton, Colo.