Titusville couple celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary


Andy and Virginia Lawrence celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Feb. 17 at the Elks Lodge 2113 in Titusville.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Walter Kiely


About 80 guests helped Andy and Virginia Lawrence celebrate their 70th anniversary at the Titusville Elks Lodge #2113.

The event was organized by the couple’s three children. Although it was not a surprise to the Lawrences, many happy memories were made.

“We got to see friends and family who traveled from other states,” one daughter said. “Being able to see each other and visit made it special.”

The couple married on February 21, 1948 in Alexandria, Va. and the recent celebration took place February 17. Her 90th birthday on February 16 was celebrated simultaneously at the gathering.

“We moved to Titusville in 1982 when we retired and decided we wanted to escape the cold,” she said. “My husband worked in construction and I was a secretary at a credit union.”

The event was catered by Tammy Edelman and heavy hors d’oeuvres were on the menu. These delights included cold cuts, meatballs, fruits and vegetables. There also were two decorated cakes, one commemorating the Lawrences’ anniversary and the other, her birthday.

Enjoyable background music was provided by Chuck Gudgel.

In addition to their three grown children, the Lawrences are the proud grandparents of three, and proud great-grandparents of one, with another on the way.

These days, he enjoys practicing his golf swing when he can. She enjoys singing with the choir at her church, Indian River City United Methodist.

“My parents’ commitment to each other and to their marriage has made them wonderful role models for their children and subsequent, generations,” a daughter said. “All their children have been married for long periods of time. They encourage us to work on our marriages and to persist.”

Virginia Lawrence said she and her husband don’t argue and that they have lived a good life.

The couple shared the secret to their long, happy marriage.

“I just say yes, dear,” he said.