Mel and Nita Conklin of Jacksonville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 18 with a potluck lunch buffet at Cantrall-Buckley Park.

The reception, with 120 guests attending, was hosted by their daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Danny Johnston and Jackie and Ryan Blackwell. Son-in-law Danny Johnston made the anniversary cake. In attendance at the celebration were the best man, Mel's cousin, Gene Lockett of Medford, and the maid of honor, Nita's best friend, Barbara Turner of Grangeville, Idaho.

Mel Conklin married Nita Nutting on May 6, 1961, in Grangeville, Idaho. They moved to the Rogue Valley from Idaho in the spring of 1964.

Mel worked at Timber Products driving a log truck and did timber falling. He also had his own drywall and custom home building businesses. He retired in 2007.

Nita worked for Ginn's Flower Shop in Medford. She had her own flower shop in Jacksonville and was a bookkeeper for their drywall and building businesses. She also retired in 2007.

In retirement, the couple enjoy traveling, going to flea markets and antique malls, working outside on their 10 acres and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to their daughters, Susan Johnston and Jackie Blackwell, both of Medford, they have two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

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