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70th wedding anniversary

Aural and Gordon Burdick celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on July 30.

The Burdicks, who live at the Fifth Avenue Retirement Center in Sequim, will celebrate with family members at a family dinner at Cedarbrook Lavender & Herb Farm.

Aural Eloise Mathiesen and Jesse Gordon Burdick were married July 30, 1939, in Loma Linda, Calif.

She was a registered nurse working at the hospital there and he was a second-year medical student. Dr. Burdick graduated from Loma Linda Medical School in 1941. After his internship in Tennessee, they moved to Michigan where he was a family physician for eight years.

He subsequently was medical director of Ethyl Corporation for 30 years, then a toxicology consultant for 10 years. He retired in 1989.

Mrs. Burdick worked as a hospital and private duty nurse sporadically, but her main occupation was as a full-time homemaker and mother.

The Burdicks have three children, Dwight Burdick, M.D., of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who works as coordinator of health services for the Al-Said royal family; Bruce Burdick, J.D., of Alton, Ill., a patent attorney; and Penny Burdick of Sequim, a house-call holistic family physician; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

The Burdicks moved to Sequim in spring 2006.

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