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CASPER — Darrel and Ellen Black celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 30, 2016.

Darrel Black and Ellen Abernathy were married Dec. 30, 1966, at First Presbyterian Church in Rapid City, South Dakota.

She was born in Sturgis, South Dakota, and graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1965. She started her college education at Black Hills State College in the fall of 1965.

He was born in Winner, South Dakota, and graduated from Winner High School in 1964. He started his college education at Black Hills State College in the fall of 1964.

They met in their fall semester of 1965 at Black Hills State. They both worked at the college cafeteria.

In the summer of 1966, he enlisted in the Air Force and did basic training at Amarillo Air Force Base in Texas. They were married while he was on leave.

In August 1967, she was able to join him in Spain, while he was stationed there.

Their daughter, Miriam Black-Saari, was born in Spain in 1969. She has two sons, Stephen and Jordan Hanley, and daughter, Ryann, from a previous marriage. She lives in Chicago.

Their son, Eric, was born in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is married to Shawna Willy-Black and they have two daughters, Eleanor and Audrey, and reside in Portland, Oregon.

In October 1970, he was honorably discharged from the military while stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City.

Upon his discharge, he decided to enter a career in finance and banking. After 15 years in consumer loans in South Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming, he started a new career challenge that led him to First Interstate Bank in Casper, where he was a vice president and commercial lender. He was employed there for a total of 20 years and retired in October 2005. He remained a contract employee for an additional eight years after retirement.

In 1972, she finished her bachelor’s degree in education at Black Hills State and then taught fifth and third grade in Casper for a total of 31 years before her full retirement in June 2006.

She remains very active as a watercolor artist and is a member of Casper Artists’ Guild, where she instructs watercolor classes at Art 321.

Their hobbies include fishing, hunting and travel. They both enjoy their annual elk hunting trip to Grand Teton National Park. She is her husband’s number one hunting and fishing partner, and he is very fortunate and grateful.

An anniversary celebration for family and friends will be announced later.

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