Ed and Barbara Whipple of Palm Beach National in Lake Worth were honored Saturday, Aug. 27 — 50 years to the day after they were married.
The party was given by the Whipples’ two sons and daughters-in-law Edward and Melissa Whipple and York and Robyn Whipple.
A skit titled “What makes a Marriage Last 50 Years?” was written and performed by their seven grandchildren, ages 16 to 3, and included both sons and their wives.
Four of their wedding attendants were present: bridesmaids Kathy Donnelly of Wellington and Fran Carlton of Lake Clarke Shores, and groomsmen Terry Hardwick of Wellington and Joe Bova of North Palm Beach. Flower girl Debbie Carlton-Vasquez lives in Georgia and was unable to attend, but called with a singing anniversary message.
More than 90 family members and longtime friends attended the celebration of a couple who have set a wonderful example of what loving parents and great friends should be.
Known as “Coach Whip,” Ed was a longtime and much-admired teacher, coach, guidance counselor and assistant principal at John I. Leonard High School before retiring from the Palm Beach County School District.
Before their wedding, Ed and Barbara were high school sweethearts at Palm Beach High School in West Palm Beach.
ABOVE: Terry Hardwick, Joe Bova, Ed and Barbara Whipple, Fran Carlton and Kathy Donnelly.