Wedding announcement, finally
Dawn Renee Cope, daughter of the late Gerald and Ellen (Harkey) Cope, of Jenkins, was united in marriage to Raymond Mark Earnest, son of Marcus and Esther Earnest, of Harrison, Ark., on Feb. 17, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Cassville. In a brief ceremony immediately following Sunday services, the happy couple thanked and recognized their parents and friends, who have been married over 50 years, before exchanging marriage vows. The couple celebrated in a private reception and a well-deserved day off from work. Dawn and Ray were both born and spent many years in Bakersfield and Chowchilla, Calif., respectively, and will enjoy a trip to California this spring, visiting friends and family from Shasta Lake to San Diego. As Ray is a former Merchant Marine captain travelling the world, the trip will include several days at sea while on the West Coast. Dawn and Ray both work in the Springfield/Ozark area and will reside between Flat Creek and Turner Station east of Springfield. The couple would like to thank the many friends for helping to celebrate this exciting time in their new life together.