FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – On Saturday, October 1, 2022, family and friends will be celebrating the 70th wedding anniversary of Shirley (Shirl) and Jeanetta Wolfe of Kincaid, WV. The celebration will be held at the Glen Ferris Inn in Glen Ferris WV.
Shirl and Jeanetta met at a “Candy Party” (girls would make candy and the boys would come eat it) in Mulberry, WV when Jeanetta was 14 and Shirl was 16. They began “courting” after the party. They would go to church, candy parties and to Price’s Restaurant to get hot dogs. They soon realized that it was “love” and were married on October 4, 1952 in Mulberry, WV. The Reverend Ralph Taylor (who is still living in North Carolina) married them at his house. Jeanetta’s mom bought her green satin wedding dress for $11.00 and Jeanetta still has it.
Work led them out of state many times. They’ve lived in Delaware, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina and was finally able to return to West Virginia in 1969.
In their first 9 years of marriage they were blessed with 5 children: Guy, Shirley (Sissy), Mike, Donna and Lisa.
God has truly blessed Shirl and Jeanetta over the years. You can always see them holding hands and their love for each other shows on their faces. Their love and faith in God brought them through some hardships – losing their oldest child in 1997 and going through a flood in 2001.
Shirl retired from surface mining in 1997 and they were able to enjoy lots of traveling and camping.
When asked what their secret is to 70 years of marriage, Jeanetta said, “First of all, God, love, and family.” Shirl added, “She [Jeanetta] was always the love of my life, and God and Family.”
Not only were they blessed with five children, but they have 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson. They love spending time with family. Beyond these grandchildren, many other people call them Maw Maw and Paw Paw. Maw Maw is known for her delicious cooking and baking and Paw Paw for spoiling the grandchildren. He has nicknames for them all.
Shirley Guy Wolfe was born in Poca, WV in September 1934 to Albert and Maurine Wolfe. Shirley is the second oldest of nine children. Jeanetta June Jones was born in Ethel, WV in September of 1936 to Hilary and Cynthia Jones. Jeanetta was the oldest of 10 children.