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Hastings and Norma Bean Celebrate 80 Years of Marriage

posted on August 16, 2011, under Member by

North Lake Pastor Ric Pleasants congratulates Hastings and Norma Bean on their 80th anniversary. (Photo: Chet Jordan)

by Chet Jordan

Hastings and Norma Bean celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary with their church family at North Lake Church, Leesburg, Florida, on July 2, 2011. Much of their married life was spent providing care and housing for relatives and church friends who were in need.

Born on December 22, 1909, in Marysville, Tennessee, Hastings was a fourth-generation Adventist. When his parents moved to Avon Lake, Ohio, he met Norma Buswell, and they were married in St. Mary County, West Virginia, on July 3, 1931. Norma also became an Adventist in 1936. “I’ve always believed the Lord sent Hastings to my door,” says Norma, 99. “I don’t think anyone I know has had a happier marriage.”

With their wedding date only two days before Independence Day, a large, patriotic-themed cake was part of the Beans' 80th anniversary celebration. (Photo: Chet Jordan)

After the wedding, they lived in Avon Lake for the next 54 years. Hastings’ entire working career was with Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company. Upon retirement, the Beans moved to Eustis, Florida.

Their daughter, Carol Fife, says, “To think they have lived all these years together, gotten along so well, and shown such love between them is amazing.” Also included in their family are five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.


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