Saturday, January 23, 2016

Herbert and Barbara (Page) Purington 70th Anniversary

Herbert and Bunny Purington on January 27, 1946 and January 2, 2016

The family of Herbert and Barbara (Page) Purington wishes to announce their 70th wedding anniversary. They were married on January 27, 1946 at the First Baptist Church in Colrain.

Herbert and Bunny have worked and resided on the family dairy farm in Colrain since they were married. They raised 11 children - Marion (deceased 1968), Jean, Carol, Jim, Nancy, Tom, Ken, Bob, Don, Dave, and Ray - and enjoy being at the center of a busy family with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, and friends.

Cards and messages may be mailed to them at 152 Wilson Hill Road, Colrain, MA 01340.

January 1946 newspaper clipping
West Colrain and East Heath 


Barbara E. Page, daughter of Mrs. Cynthia Page of Wilson Hill, and Herbert G. Purington, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Purington, also of Wilson Hill, were married Sunday at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist church, Lyonsville, by Rev. Thomas Cate of the Shelburne Falls Baptist church. The double-ring service was used.

The church was decorated with white candles in windows and about the altar where there also were evergreen trees and bouquets of white carnations.

Mrs. Eleanor Looman, organist, played “I Love You Truly,” “O, Promise Me,” and the traditional wedding marches.

The bride was attended by Miss Margaret Purington, sister of the bridegroom, as maid of honor. Charles Purington, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. Ushers were Roland Call, cousin of the bridegroom, and Pfc. Richard Purington of the marine corps, brother of the bridegroom.

The bride wore white satin fashioned with a sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice, full skirt and long train. Her fingertip veil of net was attached to a tiara of seed pearls. She carried white carnations and snapdragons.

Those serving at the reception in the church vestry were the Misses Norma Galbraith, Beatrice Thompson, Ellen Purington, Lois Call, Evelyn Page, Mrs. Eudora Upton, Calvin Call, and Walter Purington. Mrs. Ruth Upton cut the bride’s cake. Lois Call had charge of the guest book.

The bride’s mother wore a dress of coral crêpe and corsage of white carnations and pompons. The bridegroom’s mother wore blue silk jersey with corsage of pink carnations and snapdragons.

For traveling the bride wore a navy blue suit, brown coat, and brown accessories. They will make their home with the bridegroom’s parents.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Purington were graduated from Arms academy. The bridegroom operates a farm with his father.

There were 150 at the wedding and reception.

Lois (Call) Stearns, the youngest member of the wedding party, remembers:
At the time I had been to previous weddings but it was my first grown-up party.  I was 12 and soon to be 13 years old and Mom bought me shoes with a small heel and a very pretty dress.  I felt like I owned the world.

 I remember that I thought Bunny looked beautiful and it was a very special party.  Evelyn was my age and Peggy was like an older sister.  I don't remember anything else except how pretty your mother was and my new shoes.