Samuel and Sandra James of Manti to celebrate their 50th anniversary

Sandra and Sam James

Samuel “Sam” and Sandra James of Manti are celebrating their golden anniversary on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. They were married in San Antonio, Texas and have two children, Anna Marie and Billy Lee James.

Sandra grew up in Manti, Sam in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and they met in the U.S. Army base in Fort Sam Houston. They married within the first week of when they met.

They moved to Sanpete in 1969, and left 1976. In 2016, they came back again to Manti when Sam retired from the military and working for Mag Corp (magnesium factory).

They will just celebrate with their family and close friends. “We’ll keep it nice, quiet and mellow,” Sandra says.