Kathy and Ralph Wallis of Medford celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering at a beach house overlooking Brookings harbor.

They repeated their wedding vows at the Veterans Affairs chapel in White City.

Kathy Hill married Ralph Wallis Feb. 23, 1963, at Gesu Church in Detroit. They have four children: Mary Jean, Peggy, Jodi and Ralph III; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Kathy and Ralph were both raised in Detroit, and the couple met after graduating from the University of Detroit. After a few months, they relocated to Los Angeles where their three daughters were born.

They moved to the Rogue Valley in April 1969 and bought a home with acreage outside Phoenix. Their son was born in 1970.

Kathy taught at Phoenix Elementary School for 13 years, and Ralph worked as a real-estate broker for many years.

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