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60th year for former EP couple

July 12, 2011
Morning Journal News

KENT - Mr. and Mrs. James P. Fruit, of Kent, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary recently with a family reunion hosted by their children at 7 Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, Pa.

The former Dorothy A. Beck, daughter of Roy and Ruth (Riddle) Beck, became the bride of James P. Fruit, son of the Rev. Byron S. and Jean (McCullough) Fruit, on July 14, 1951 at the Grace Lutheran Church, East Palestine, with the Rev. Carl F. Duwe and Rev. Byron S. Fruit officiating.

Mr. Fruit retired as a volunteer services coordinator at the Youth Development Center, New Castle, Pa. He also worked as manager of Beck Motors, East Palestine. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during World War II. He received a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and a master's from Slippery Rock College.

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James and Dorothy Fruit

Mrs. Fruit retired as Kent State University's School of Family & Consumer Studies director. She established the KSU gerontology major, and received state and national honors for her work in gerontology education. She was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, and received a master's from Kent State University.

The couple were active members of the East Palestine First United Presbyterian Church before relocating to Kent in 1982. They are currently members of the Kent Presbyterian Church.

They have three children, Jeffrey (Marcia) Fruit, East Palestine; Lynn (Ed) Miller, Tampa, Fla.; and David Fruit, Davis, Calif. They also have six grandchildren.

Cards and greetings can be sent to the couple at 210 Overlook Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240.



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