Russell and Marie Lawson of 850 N. County Road 2500, Plymouth, Ill., will celebrate 70 years of marriage with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Denver Masonic Lodge Hall in Denver, Ill., hosted by their children. The couple requests no gifts.
Mr. Lawson and the former Marie Melvin were married Dec. 28, 1947, at Old Bedford Christian Church in Blandinsville, Ill.
Mrs. Lawson is a daughter of Glen and Maurine Melvin. Mr. Lawson is a son of Lloyd and Florence Lawson.
They are the parents of Roger and Linda Lawson of Springfield, Ill., James and Gina Lawson of Humble, Texas, and Joyce Lawson of Crown Point, Ind. They have seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.