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Eugene & Ellen's 25th Anniv.

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S: Eugene & Ellen Whitley - A Silver Book of Love - 25th Wedding Anniversary

BC: “I cherish the treasure, the treasure of you. Life-long companion, I give myself to you. God has enabled me to walk with you faithfully. And cherish the treasure, the treasure of you."

FC: A Silver Book of Love | August 2nd, 2011

1: A Silver Book of Love is dedicated to this love; a love given by the One, living within these two hearts, and sown into the hearts of so many. | Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary! | Eugene & Ellen,

2: Friends | Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13.7

3: We have very fond memories of our trips up north to visit with you guys. From making a homemade waterslide to walking down to the fishing pond. It always seemed that Gene had something for me to do when we came to visit though. Our most memorable visit was the time we went to the other side of the lake to visit with the Griffee family. It was probably about 5 miles away if you went straight across the lake, but we had to take the road since our car doesn't float and it was about an hour trip. Unfortunately the trip home for some reason took, if I remember right, over 2 hours. That was when we got to see Naples NY. What a time! Ellen was so tired she was giddy. That was also the trip Sanford (Gene) picked up a carpet remnant and put it on the roof of the van at the restaurant before we made the wrong (oops did I say wrong) turn toward Naples. Quite a few years have passed since those days, but we think of you often. We moved south, then you moved further south and you're still 4 hours away. We value your friendship and hope that in the years to come that we will be able to get together more often. Hope that you have a great day on your anniversary. Albert & Sue Harris

4: I have to hand it to you Ellen, 25 years you've stuck with that guy!!!! Since I've always tried to speak well of people I'll focus on you Ellen in hopes a kind thought pops up out of nowhere about you know who!! It seems miles and busy lives keep us from spending a lot of time with you but, since this is just between you and me I'd like to share something with you. Your husband LOVES YOU????!! Even though miles separate, inevitably the most important people come up in our conversations. He loves you, admires you and always always speaks well of YOU. In so many little words (you know his vocabulary could use a little work) it's like a spice that takes what could of been bland and makes it, even life so much more special, blessed. I'm so thankful he found you, his best friend, mate to laugh with, to love and hold, to find comfort, wisdom, a listening ear. You two have gone through your share of ups and downs, together with HIM and you've both been a blessing and witness to far more than either of you realize. I send you a great big hug and a heart felt thank you for loving a man I've loved, admired, appreciated, for being such a precious individual, mom and wife, You are loved...

5: ... Now for the hard one, the one that requires fingers crossed and a cringe : ). My OLD BUDDY who I met oh so many years ago. What can I say, thanks, wish oh so many things??? You to me, to so many others have been what many, I dare say, most, only hope for .... been their friend, brother, point of conviction, example, witness. I came from a childhood full of fears but GOD, BUT GOD, BUT GOD saw fit to bless me with you. Whenever we see a certain flamboyant personality, a laugh we all, the crowd all, enjoys to hear, we think of YOU. God is so good, He's been with you through it all, in the midst of it all, meant your good, and we are the blessed peripheral. Now here you are the OLD MARRIED MAN, BLESSED WITH TWO WONDERFUL SONS who hopefully have many of their mother's characteristics : ). Here you are with hopefully many more years to be what you two have been together, a blessing, instrument in the Master's hand. I close in tears, as I think of you two, as I hope and pray His richest blessing that goes far beyond the material this world can offer. That in the midst of it all He is your continued joy and strength, that at this milestone you'll take the time to love and cherish the mate that HE blessed you both with. Because we, oh so many love you both and at this time although miles away are taking time to love and cherish YOU TWO, as ONE. Much love to you all, Dave Dineen and Family

6: As I look back over the years, I first met you before you were married. Gene came and did chapel for us at CAG in Waterloo. Ellen, Gene and Yvonne (Caulkins) Hazlett sang together in a trio. I remember helping Gene and Ellen’s Dad move Yvonne to Watertown to teach music up there in the North Country. Years later when I was teaching music at South Seneca, I once again came in contact with you. This time it was to teach music to your musically gifted boys. You showed up for all of their concerts and even came to cheer them on for Jump for Heart. I could always count on you for kind words after each concert. Gene and Ellen, even though miles separate us, I cherish your friendship. You’ve always been a big support in my life and helping me to grow in the Lord. Thank you so much for that influence and the Godly influence you’ve had in your boys’ lives. What outstanding young men of God they have become. You can be very proud of that. I pray you have another 25 years together blessed of the Lord! Love to you both, Diane Dersch

7: I have extremely fond memories of our trio singing in the 1980’s. Does that sound like a lifetime ago? I don't even know if we had a name that we called ourselves. The song I recall the most is “Great is the Lord” which is still sung in the congregation where I currently serve as worship musician. I wish I was available to attend this special celebration of your 25 years together, but know that my heart is with you. We (the Whitley's & the Calkins/Hazlett's) continue to serve the same Lord in our respective locations and I am certain that we will see one another again, whether on this side of eternity or the other. Congratulations on this milestone! Yvonne Calkins Hazlett | Congratulations on celebrating 25 years of marriage! It has been such a privilege getting to know you the last few years. I recall enjoying our conversations when Gene would be working in the house and the boys would be helping. Ellen would stop in at times and we all enjoyed some good food together. I remember fondly when Diane and I were able to stay with you and we so enjoyed that visit. You have raised such Godly boys and they blessed us by giving up their rooms for us. This one only sees when they have been raised well by their parents and brought up to know the Lord. They have become true men of God due to two parents who love the Lord. I see the gentleness of the Lord in both of your lives and it is a blessing to me. I have so appreciated all the encouragement over the years even though miles separate us, I cherish the friendship God has blessed us with. May the Lord bless you with another 25 years together serving Him! Love to the two of you, Amy Rogers

8: Our earliest memories are of Eugene being the youth center director and then Ellen singing in the group with Eugene and romance blossomed! John remembers how on your wedding day Denny and Mike put a smoke bomb in your engine compartment. When you started the car it whistled, banged, and smoke rolled out from under the hood. Kim says that one of her earliest memories is of her Grandma Sara bringing her up at the end of the wedding when the two of you were walking out of the church. John also remembers going to your house for Bible Study and how MIcah & Ben would roller blade through the dining room. Over the years, I loved seeing Ellen's smiling, helpful face at the bank. Eugene was always working on the house or some sort of project. Thanks for helping us with the remodeling of our house! I always remebmer Ellen telling me about Eugene remodeling something right before a big family get-together to add to the adventure! | We remember Eugene always calling Kim "Sunshine". We always loved hearing you all sing special music or at concerts, and then adding the boys in the mix and watching you grow as a family. We also enjoyed watching you sing the kids' songs at Interlaken Olde Home Days and making the kids laugh with the big toothbrush, kazoos, the bright shirt, and dred locks. We always love getting together and catching up on each others' lives. You are always welcome at our home when you are in the area! We wish you a wonderful time celebrating your 25th Wedding Anniversary. Our love and thougths and prayers are with you, and we wish you God's richest blessing in the years ahead. We love you, John, Grace, Kim & Eric

9: Congratulations on your 25th anniversary!! We have many fond memories of time spent with you. It's been especially sweet since we are both away from your home town and still keep in touch. We have enjoyed your music ministry especially at Seneca Community Church and know that the Lord will continue to use you through this venue as the years go by. It's also been a joy to see how your boys are such a delight and also aspire to serve the Lord through music. We wish you many more happy years together. Love, Vern & Linda

10: Family | Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. Mark 10:9

11: August 2, 1986, 25 years ago was a banner day in the Ferrand household. On that day, Betty and I gave our younger daughter in marriage to a man named Eugene Whitley. We had wondered for some time why trio practices ran so late. The wedding announcement answered that question. We cautioned you that there would be bumps in the road, but you have handled whatever you have been confronted with.We were fortunate that you chose to live nearby. We were blessed with our first grandson two years later and with a second grandson a couple years after that. Betty and I were also blessed to have an opportunity to spoil these children. In spite of our efforts, they have grown up to be fine young men. Now with Ben's graduation from college next May, you will face a new challenge--that of the empty nest. I am sure you will handle it as well as you have handled past challenges. You will forge on to the big Five-O! I wish I could be on board for the entire trip, but we all know that is not a medical possibility. But whatever life brings you, know that I support you and wish you only the best. Enjoy your day! With love, Dad

12: Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary!!! It's hard to believe that it's been that long! I have so many fond memories of you all and it seems like you all have been a constant in my life. God has afforded you all to be blessed due to your diligence and faithfulness to HIM. Remember to keep him first and the desires of your heart will be yours. Love you all and miss you all! Sonia Whitley | I am so happy to be a part of your 25 year celebration! Wow, it feels like not that long ago that you guys started out. I remember on your wedding day I had to work & mom let me drive my first 'road trip' in her car so I could get there. It was my first taste of independence! I loved you guys for that! I remember coming to Romulus to work at the rec center with you guys. Thank you for all the good times & wonderful memories - especially at your house on the 4th of July & Christmas Eve. Those holidays haven't been as much fun since you guys moved south. Most of all, thank you for showing me that love, respect and hard work are the makings of a great marriage and a happy home (not to mention, successful children). I love & miss you dearly! Hope your 25th is just the beginning of greater things to come! Love, Lori Lawson

13: When I recover from the shock of realizing that my younger sister has been married a quarter of a century and ponder your years together, it strikes me that faith and music have been intertwined threads throughout your marriage. Music has always been an expression of your love for God, each other, and other people. As I recall, you got to know each other through your singing. After you married, you continued singing--and if you weren't singing, you were listening to Christian music, playing Christian music on the piano or drums, or composing Christian music. After the boys came along, your duet became a beautiful quartet. You shared God's love with Micah and Ben when you taught them to sing. I think in particular of your rendition of "How Long Has it Been?" at Mom's memorial service. Your piece was a wonderful example of a family witnessing on behalf of our Lord. The first verse of Psalm 95 says, "O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation." For more than 25 years, you have joined your voices to "sing for joy to the Lord." In the process, you have given each other, your sons, and the rest of us much joy. We wish you many, many more years of singing joyfully together. Love, Mike and Cathy

14: No words could ever explain the things my soul longs to express when it comes to you all. But nonetheless, I try. A solid foundation is the greatest gift a parent can bestow upon a child. Faith in God and a relationship with Him, love for others and for oneself, knowledge of the world around us and the wisdom to use it appropriately, the skills for living and a work ethic to put them to good use, and of course, a sense of humor. But just as Jesus said, the greatest of these is LOVE. I don't quite know how you did it so precisely, but you must know that you have built a foundation overflowing with love - for family, for friends, for the world, for me - in spirit, in thought, in word, and in action. It is this gift that I celebrate today, but more importantly, attempt to grow upon and share with the world each and every day. So, to you, Mom and Dad, and the amazing love you share, Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary! I love you! Micah

17: Mom and Dad, A little more than 21 years ago, I was brought into this world by the best parents I could have asked for. The love you have shown us and each other has created an atmosphere that I hope I can provide for a family of my own someday. Twenty five years is no easy feat, especially with two rascals like us around, but throught the good and the bad, you both have a love for each other that many pursue. Congratulations on the last twenty five amazing years and I can not wait to celebrate the next twenty five. I love you both! Love, Ben

18: Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. - Khalil Gibran -

19: Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned. - Song of Solomon 8:7 -

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