Elise Hollinshead met Bert Coffman in Pomona, Calif. The couple married Dec. 27, 1963, in Las Vegas, Nev. They celebrated 50 years of marriage with family and friends from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Western Event Center in Perkins. The party was hosted by their children and grandchildren. The couple have six children and nine grandchildren.
The Coffmans moved to Oklahoma, living in Coyle, Perkins and Morrison before settling in Perkins in 1978. He retired from Oklahoma State University agronomy in 1996 and stays busy working part time now. She has worked at OSU, convenience stores in Wellston and Perkins and as a home health aide. She is a preschool teacher at Educare in Perkins.