Howard and Jo Simmons of Lowell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family trip in July to Lake Cumberland, Ky. They were married on Aug. 31, 1963, at the Floyd Baptist Church in Floyd, Va.
She is the daughter of the late Herman B. (Sam) Poff and Lois S. Poff of Floyd, Va. He is the son of the late Howard T. and Ruby A. Simmons of Lowell.
He is retired from GTE, later Verizon, and the U.S. Air Force. She is a homemaker and former teacher and family caregiver.
They have two daughters: Suzanne Hulka (Mark) of Upper Arlington, Ohio and Stacy Orr (Craig) of Wingett Run, and one grandson, Alex Hulka, of Upper Arlington.