CUMBERLAND — Mr. and Mrs. Donald and Carolyn (Isner) Bulger celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Saturday, May 11, at the Holiday Inn in Cumberland, Maryland. The couple married on May 15, 1963, at the Grace Baptist Church Parsonage, Cumberland. Pastor Keefer officiated the ceremony.
An anniversary dinner and reception to celebrate the couple’s 50 years was hosted by their four children: Michael (Tern) Bulger, Kimberly (Ken) McDonald, Brenda (Dan) Northcraft and Trisha (Cesar) Gonzales.
Michael Bulger led the event by thanking family, friends and guests for the support they have given over the years and for being a blessing and influence in the Bulger family. He spoke about the Biblical passage, Proverbs 22:6, “Train-up a child in the way he should go...” and how the couple, as parents and individuals, have been examples of this passage and other passages of Scripture. He led the evening with a prayer of gratitude, giving thanks to God for providing parents who have been strong in their faith and spiritual leadership.
Guests were served a buffet-style dinner catered by the Holiday Inn. Carol Merrill provided an elaborate chocolate and caramel fountain station adorned with a variety of fruits, cookies and goodies. She was assisted by Bob Merrill and Debbie Broham.
M&M Bakery baked the four-tier white icing anniversary cake accented in black and gold and topped with a golden 50. Friends of the couple, Pam Taylor and Judy Helmick, cut the anniversary cake which offered flavorful options of carrot, red velvet and yellow. The couple’s granddaughters served the cake to their guests. Roger and Brenda Gough photographed the event.
Tables were decorated with white linens and black overlays with candle-lit hurricane lamps sitting on mirrored accents as centerpieces. Floral arrangements consisted of yellow rosebuds, white daisies, greenery and baby’s breath.
Two memory tables featured past photos of the couple and posters marking how they had met and their most memorable moments. Each of their 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild documented their “Grand Memories of the Grandparents” which were on display.
The couple’s children honored their parents with a program commemorating their 50 years of marriage. Don Robinson opened with singing the couple’s favorite song, “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” Trisha Gonzales presented a Presidential White House Greeting which was signed by the President and First Lady congratulating them on their 50th anniversary.
A PowerPoint presentation reminiscent of the couple’s lives together was created and presented by Brenda Northcraft. Kimberly McDonald authored a poem about the couple and read this family and spiritual tribute.
Associate Pastor Denny Michaels from Memorial Heights Baptist Church, spoke about Don and Carolyn being visual examples of spiritual living and presided over a brief ceremony by lighting a reunification candle in which the couple rededicated their lives to God and one another.
Robinson concluded the program with the song, “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Don graduated from East Liverpool High School in Ohio. He served in the United States Army, worked for the Cumberland City Police Department, was a center manager for United Parcel Service and is retired from Western Maryland Health System as a switchboard operator.
Carolyn attended Fort Ashby High School in West Virginia. She worked as a certified nursing assistant and as a surgical technician in labor and delivery at WMHS. She is enjoying her retirement by volunteering at the 1st Way Pregnancy Support Center in Cumberland.
Don and Carolyn have shared 50 years and look forward to many more. They want to thank their children, family and friends for making this a special day.
Out of town guests were from Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.