By Dale Brown
The Journal 

Family celebrates centennial wedding anniversary

Reunion attracts 114 family members


Last updated 8/15/2023 at 9:01am

Vernita Coffey | Special to The Journal

Family gathers for Tompkins-Kissler wedding celebration at the Ritzville City Park.

RITZVILLE – The family of Harry M. and Mary (Kissler) Tompkins gathered Sunday, Aug. 6, at the city park to celebrate the couple's 100th wedding anniversary.

Although the couple passed away more than three decades ago, their children and grandchildren keep their memory alive by routinely celebrating their wedding anniversary.

According to granddaughter Vernita Coffey, 114 people attended the family reunion and wedding anniversary; some met each other for the first time. Altogether, 14 of 23 first-generation grandchildren attended.

As part of the celebration, Peggy and Steve Lightbody br...

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