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Bonnie (Reinhardt) and Everett Burkholder, of Farmington, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Their daughters planned a reception at St. John's Episcopal Church to celebrate the milestone anniversary.

The couple were introduced to each other by friends at the Ski Hi Stampede carnival in Monte Vista, Colo. They married on Jan. 6, 1952, in Taos.

Although they are originally from Monte Vista, they have lived in Farmington since 1957.

Everett is retired from the U.S. Postal Service and more recently from Childhaven, where he worked as a handyman for 15 years. Bonnie is retired from JCPenney.

Both are creative and built their own home, completing most of the work themselves. They enjoy painting and teaching art classes at the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center in Farmington. Both take art classes at San Juan College.

Bonnie and Everett have been involved in many forms of arts and crafts, including painting, knitting, sculpting, sewing, doll making, tatting, crocheting and drawing. Everett is also a woodworker.

They remain active in their church and community.

The couple had four children, Linda Brown, Shelley Stricklin and Kristi Gurule', all of Farmington, and Rodney Burkholder, deceased

They have six grandchildren, Michael Brown, of College Station, Texas; Steven Brown, of Centennial, Colo.; Kathleen Calabrese, of Alexandria, Va.; Radina Vernetti, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Ryan Stricklin, of Albuquerque; and Timothy Burkholder, of Marysville, Wash.

They also have nine great-grandchildren, Cameron, Brandon and Hannah Brown, of Greeley, Colo.; Andrew Brown, of College Station; Kole Calabrese, of Alexandria; Rycktor and Aidyn Vernetti, of Phoenix.; and Sierra and Gavin Burkholder of Marysville.

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