Friends, family gather for 70th wedding anniversary

 70th Anniversary

Marlin, 89, and Charlotte Bass, 87, pose next to their cake at the 70th wedding anniversary celebration at First Baptist Church of Crestview.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 03:06 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Thursday marks a milestone for a Crestview couple’s relationship, and a rarity for most couples: 70 years of wedded bliss.

Friends and family of Marlin and Charlotte Bass, 89 and 87, respectively, filled First Baptist Church of Crestview’s fellowship hall on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the occasion. The couple, who married Dec. 20, 1942, celebrated an early anniversary to accommodate loved ones.

The Basses have three children, 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren who attended the celebration, which was open to the public. A new great-great grandchild was absent.

Although the party had plenty of cake, fruit punch and presents, the couple were too busy socializing to have any of it.

"I wasn't expecting this many people,” said Dudley Bass, 56, the youngest of siblings Jeffery Dean Bass, 63, and Dottie Lynn, 61.

Charlotte expected the packed house.

"We knew there would be a lot (of people) here. We are a very loving family," she said with a smile.

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