The children of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Penland honored their parents with an open house in celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary on Sunday, December 24, from 2 to 5 in the afternoon at the Mopac in Collegeport, Texas.
A reunion and barbecue dinner was held for the family and out of town guests at noon. Eighty-one persons were served.
Mrs. Penland wore a winter white two piece wool knit dress with wool crochet trim. Gold jewelry and a gold corsage complimented her ensemble. Mr. Penland sported a gold boutonniere.
The refreshment table, laid with an antique lace cloth over gold taffeta, held the three tiered square cake of white confection decorated in gold. Wedding bells were on the bottom layer, a bride and groom on the center layer and gold 50th medallion on the top layer. The cake was baked by Mrs. Henry Barr of Palacios. The cake was served with lemon-pineapple punch from a crystal bowl with gold edging.
An arrangement of gold mums and rice, a gold centerpiece with tall gold candles and a bride and groom also graced the table.
The daughters, daughters-in-law and granddaughters took turns serving cake, punch and coffee.
The gift table was centered with poinsettias.
There was also a Family Tree table with pictures of all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren arranged around a gold tree.
Out of town guests were from Lubbock, Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Cuero, Bay City, Blessing, Channelview, Freeport, Markham, Brazoria, Longview and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Vannie Allene Huffhines and Aaron Altha Penland were married in Groesbeck, Texas, on December 24, 1917. They moved to College-port in 1928 and have lived there ever since.
To this union were born thirteen children. Aaron who married Marguerite Dabelgott, lives in Bay City. Their children are Aaron Jr. in the Armed Forces; Carole, married to Richard Lewstetter, lives in Sweeny and has one son, Richard; Robert, Susan and James.
Glenn is married to the former Juanita Bullington and lives in Channelview. Their children are Ann, of Kailua, Hawaii, who married Tamatsu Iwomoto and has one son, Derek; Sandra, married Sam Lampasas and Carlotta, married Doug Grier, all live in Channelview.
Ray Lee lives in Houston. His children are Ray Lee Jr., now in Viet Nam; Linda, Henry, Leonora and Laura, all live in Louisiana.
Clyde drowned when a young boy.
Eugene married Patricia Baadee and lives in Santa Cruz, Calif. They have two children, Cynthia and Barry.
Ralph and children, Terry, Tracy and Scott live in Palacios.
Sarah died of diptheria when two years old.
James married Colleen Talmadge and lives in Palacios. Their children are Sharon, Sarah and Rhoda.
Paul married Ruby Sanders. He was killed in an automobile accident in August, 1966. His wife and children, Paul Mitchell, Jr., Sharon, Keith and Denise live in Palacios.
Nell married Lee Mize and lives in Cuero. Their children are Pamela, Roger, Arona, Larry and Wayne.
Sue married Lee Hawthorne and lives in Houston. They have two children, Susan and Leann.
John married Molly Sanchez and lives in Palacios.
Robert died at birth.
The only members of the family unable to attend were Ray Jr. now serving with the Marines in Viet Nam, Linda, Henry, Leonora and Laura Penland from Louisiana and Ann Penland Iwomoto and family from Hawaii.
The Palacios Beacon, December 1967 Article and pictures courtesy of Gene Penland
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Vannie Penland and 5 of their 13 children, Aaron, Paul, Clyde, Robert and Sarah Penland.
Survivors include: daughters, Mrs. Lee Mize of Cuero, Mrs. Lee Hawthorne of Pangburn, Arkansas; sons, Glen H. of Channelview, Ray Lee of Collegeport, Gene of California, Ralph of Florida, James of Arkansas, and Johnny of Bay City; sisters, Mrs. Jessie Bohannan of Hubbard, Mrs. Callie Stewart of Rigging Wells; brother, Pete Penland of New Mexico; 35 grandchildren and 22 greatgrandchildren.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, February 9 at Palacios Funeral Home at 3:30 p.m. Officiating the ceremony will be N.E. "Sonny" Balch of the Palacios Church of Christ and interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.
Sons will serve as the pallbearers.
Arrangements made with Taylor Brothers Palacios Funeral Home.
Article courtesy of Gene
Mrs. Vannie H[uffhines] Penland of Collegeport died in the Wagner General Hospital March 16, 1976.
She is survived by her husband A. A. Penland of Collegeport, two daughters, Mrs. Sue Hawthorne of Pangburn, Ark. and Mrs. Nell Mize of Cuero; five sons: John of Palacios, Eugene of Santa Cruz, Calif., Glenn of Channelview, Ray Lee of Collegeport and Ralph of Florida.
The funeral will be in the Palacios Church of Christ at 2 p.m. on March 18, 1976 with Mr. E. N. Balach officiating. Interment in the Hawley Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Palacios Funeral Home.
The Daily Tribune, May 17, 1976
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