Leo and Alice Snowden were surrounded by friends and family in Sunset Meadows on Tuesday, Nov. 23, as the couple celebrated a rare milestone: their 70th wedding anniversary.
According to the US Census Bureau, only 6% of married couples make it to their 50th wedding anniversary and only 0.1% make it to their 70th wedding anniversary.
Leo and Alice, who lived in Routt County at the time, were married on November 23, 1952, in Steamboat Springs near Strawberry Park. Leo said he remembers the snow being several feet deep on the couple’s wedding day.
The family later migrated to Moffat County and settled in Craig. Leo and Alice have four children – a daughter and three sons – five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Most of the family lives nearby, except for one son who winters in Mesquite, Texas, and a granddaughter who lives with her family in Sterling. All of the local family members gathered Tuesday in the common room of Sunset Meadows, where the couple share an apartment, to mark the occasion.
The celebration was decorated with an exhibition of photos of Leo and Alice over the years, from before they got married to more recently. Leo remembered they met before high school after Alice came to Colorado from Nebraska.
The two said the key to making a marriage last this long is giving a little and taking a little. Alice said they only found out about the party last week.
Two of the couple’s adult children, Russ Snowden and Ramona Green, noted how rare it is for couples to celebrate a 70th anniversary.
“It used to be that if you got married, you stayed married,” said Russ.
Leo and Alice were joined by family and many friends who have known the couple for years. The celebration was completed with a cake printed with two photos of the couple from their earlier years together. One of the photos showed the two cutting their own wedding cake 70 years ago.