OCEAN PARK - Ernest "Ernie" and Nancy Bean will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 22 at 11 a.m. at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center. Judge Lena Null married the couple on June 22, 1957, in her home in Anderson, Calif., when Nancy was 16 years old and Ernie, just out of the Navy, was 22.
Nancy was a nurse at Mercy Hospital in California for 18 years, and for more than 20 years Ernie owned and operated a carpet cleaning and upholstery business.
After their three kids were raised they trained in property management as a team, and left Redding, Calif., to find work in the Pacific Northwest. They accepted a job in Oregon on their way through to Alaska. They were apartment managers for a large residential property in the Beaverton/Portland area, where they lived for the next seven years. In that time all three children had moved to Oregon to be close to their parents and to settle permanently.
In 2003 they finally retired, and found the home that they always dreamed of in Ocean Park, just one mile from the beach. Nancy spends her days gardening and visiting with friends and neighbors. Ernie enjoys his lifelong love of woodworking and spends time designing and creating wonderful birdhouses and yard fancies for their yard and for those of their many friends and family.
They have three children: Brenda L. Riggs, Ernest C. Bean Jr. and Debra K. Bean; seven grandchildren, and they are anticipating the birth of their first great-grandchild in October.
Their daughters, Brenda and Debra, are planning a reception, and vow renewal ceremony at the Peninsula Senior Center in Klipsan. The celebration of their lives with family and friends is a testament to the many people who love them and the friends that they've made over the last five decades.