Mary and Dave Philip of Belleville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise on the Rhone River in France, dinners with friends, and a 50th anniversary cake during fellowship hour at Union United Methodist Church, Belleville.
The former Mary L. Reinhardt of Sparta met David Philip of Park Forest in Freshman English class at McKendree College in 1962 and married in September 26, 1964, at the Lebanon Methodist Church.
Mary enjoyed a career teaching English for District 201 and retired from Belleville East in 2007. Dave worked in business and retired in 2003 from Nestle Purina. Both like to travel, spend time with their children and grandchildren, and sing in their church choir. Mary is also a member of P.E.O. Chapter NM, Lit. Wits II Book Club, McKendree Writers’ Association, AAUW, Union United Methodist Women, and Deborah Circle at church. Dave serves on the Alumni Board at McKendree University and on the Fine Arts Committee at church and is a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol. Dave is also a former school board member of Belleville School District 118.
They have three children: Matt (Megan) Philip of Brentwood, MO; Mark (Karen) Philip of Kansas City, MO; Ann (Jared) Conyers of Fenton, MO. They have five grandchildren: Phoebe Philip, Holden Philip, Phoebe Conyers, Cash Conyers, and Axl Conyers.