John & Marina Armistead Celebrate 60th Anniversary

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    John and Marina Armistead are celebrating their 60th anniversary.  They were married on this day in 1953 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Virginia.  The couple have 2 children: Mia Freneaux. married to Dave Freneaux of Central, and Elizabeth Andrews. married to Ron Andrews of Richmond, Virginia. They are blessed with 5 grandchildren: Beth and JT Fussell, and Michelle Freneaux, all of Central, and William and Peter Andrews of Richmond. John is a World War II Air Corps veteran and was employed as an engineer for 35 years with the Army Corps of Engineers in Research and Development.  Marina is a writer, artist, thespian, and avid card player.  They moved to Central from Virginia in 2012 to be near their daughter.  A celebration with the entire family is planned in December.  When asked the secret to a long marriage, they responded, "A marriage is like two rough rocks that have to rub together til they become smooth. It takes lots of love and lots of patience."