John and Phyllis Bracey

Posted: Oct. 22, 2017 12:01 am

John and Phyllis Bracey of 17845 310th Ave., Canton, Mo., marked their 65th wedding anniversary at their home.

The couple was married Oct. 19, 1952, at the Methodist church in San Jose, Ill.

Mrs. Bracey is the former Phyllis Drake, daughter of the late Jonathon and Leona Drake. Mr. Bracey is a son of the late Ted and Anna Bracey.

They are the parents of Laurie Jones and Eric and Stewart Bracey, all of Canton. They have 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bracey was employed by Quincy Soybean Co. for 27 years, retiring in 1994, and farmed west of Canton, retiring in 2016. He is a retired president of the Lewis County Fair and is director of the North East Community Action Corp. Board of Bowling Green, Mo.

Mrs. Bracey was employed for 18 years by the City of Canton as water plant operator, retiring in 1994. She was employed by Canton R-5 School for 18 years in food service, retiring in May of this year.

They have been members of Trinity United Church of Christ in Quincy for the past 54 years, where they are elders and served as ushers and on the consistory. They are also members of the Fireside Club, and were community leaders of Ten Mile 4-H of the Canton-LaGrange area for 20 years. The Braceys, along with their family, have been involved in the 4-H program for more than 30 years. In 2010, they were inducted into the Missouri 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame.

The couple met at a square dance in 1950 in Mason City, Ill.

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