BioM: Smith, Ila (1948)
Contact: Audrey Roedl
Surnames: Smith, Nelson
----Source: The Loyal Tribune (Loyal, Clark County, Wis. 04 Nov 1948)
Smith, Ila (23 OCT 1948)
At 1 o’clock on the beautiful afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 23, the Loyal Free Methodist church was filled with relatives and friends who came to witness the marriage of Miss Ila Mae Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd M. Smith of Loyal, and Theodore Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Nelson of Homedale, Ida, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Robert S. Jones, local Free Methodist pastor, assisted by the Rev. W. T. Fensome.
The church was decorated with baskets of autumn flowers. In front of the altar was an arch twined with ribbons of blue and white crepe paper, before which the bridal party assembled.
The groom came first, attended by his college chum and roommate, Richard Davis of Beaver Dam. Then came the maid of honor and two little flower girls, and lastly the bride, on the arm of her father taking her place beside the groom.
The bride was gowned in white slipper satin. A sweetheart neckline detailed the fitted bodice. She carried white and lavender pompoms, and her fingertip veil fell from a tiara of seed pearls.
Miss Elizabeth Gordon of Loyal, as maid of honor, was dressed in pale blue slipper satin. She wore a short veil, and her flowers were pink and white carnations.
The flower girls were Ilene Henninger, cousin of the bride, and Carol Gene Fensome, who was dressed in yellow costumes, similar in style to that worn by the maid of honor. They carried bronze pompoms.
Robert Smith, cousin of the bride was usher. Usherettes were Miss Darlene Smith, sister of the bride, and Miss Juliannn Larson.
Miss Lavern Gray sang, "Because" and "Precious Lord, Hold Our Hands." At the close of the marriage service, Miss Gray and Miss Bettijune Oestreich sang the bride and groom consecration hymn, "God Is Working Out His Purpose." Miss Wilma Deuermeyer accompanied the singers on the piano.
Following the wedding, a reception was held in the community room of the Citizens State Bank of Loyal. The decorations there were blue and white. The beautiful wedding cake which was served at the reception was made by the bride’s cousin, Mrs. Evelyn Strey. Many lovely gifts were received, including a large gift of money. Close relatives and the bridal party were guests at a 7 o’clock dinner served at the home of the bride’s parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson were classmates at Wessington Springs (S.D) Junior college, where Mr. Nelson took a theological course. His bride is an active member in the work of her church.
Mrs. Nelson is a graduate of the Loyal high school (class of 1946) and Wessington Springs college. Her husband is a graduate of Adrian (Ida.) high school and Wessington Springs college.
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson left on Oct. 25 for Homedale, where they will reside.
Out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Harlow Henninger and sons of Sheboygan Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Machal and daughter of Milwaukee, Irvin Henninger and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Henninger and son of Oaks, N. D., Mr. and Mrs. Philip Weiler and son of Montello, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Quackenbush of Antigo, Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Henninger and family of Granton, Will Nichols and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Dodte of Neillsville, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Stuve of Owen, Mrs. Jesse Smith and son, Robert, and daughter, Donna, of Fifield, and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Mathews of Black River Falls.
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