50th Anniversary Jim and Mary
Jim and Mary Ann Payne recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a private celebration with family and friends at the Colony Creek Country Club in Victoria. They will continue their celebration in a few days when they will travel to Alaska for a 12-day trip. The reception and trip are gifts from their children.
The former Mary Ann Allen and her husband were married on June 9 at the Azle Methodist Church in Azle, Texas.
Jim and Mary Ann have three children: Terri McGee, Victoria; Sheri Brandt, Corpus Christi; and Chris, Austin. The couple has three grandchildren: T. J. House, Taran House, Victoria, and Taylor Brandt, Corpus Christi.
Jim retired from a 40-year teaching career. He taught most of those years in the Victoria school district. Mary Ann retired after 33 years of teaching. She taught most of those years in Victoria ISD. Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Houston-Victoria. Mary Ann received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with honors, from Arlington State College in Arlington, Texas.
Jim and Mary Ann are members of the Central church of Christ in Victoria. In addition, they are members of the Victoria Photography Club.