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BLOOMINGTON — Gary and Patty Thompson of Bloomington celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an early family celebration in Maine in July 2017, and a future trip to Hawaii.

Thompson and Patricia Murray were married Feb. 17, 1968, in Glen Ellyn. Their attendants were Les Orwig and Susan Murray.

They are the parents of Janean Baird, Bloomington; David (Lori) Thompson, Normal; and Sarah (Jeremy) Wilson, Dedham, Maine. They have six grandchildren.

He retired in 2001, after teaching at Jacksonville High School in the vocational department for 33 years. She was a kindergarten teacher in Jacksonville School District 117 for 20 years, retiring in 2002.