David C. “Dave” and Martha D. “Marty” Sennema of West Columbia recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Feb. 22, 1958, in Columbia.
Their children are Daniel Sennema of Myrtle Beach and his wife, Tammy; Julie Tampa of Southern Pines, North Carolina, and her husband, John; and Alice Lawrence of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and her husband, Darin.
They have three grandchildren: Grey Tampa, Daisy Lawrence and Harper Grace Lawrence.
They reside at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community in West Columbia.
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In their own words
Q: How did you meet?
A: We were both in the production of “Call Me Madam” at the Columbia Town Theater. Dave was in the Army, stationed at Fort Jackson at the time, and Marty was church secretary at Shandon Presbyterian Church.
Q: What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A: Dave’s parents drove down from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Dave’s dad not only played the organ, sharing those duties with Margaret Davis, but acted as Dave’s best man.
Q: What do you wish you’d known your first year of marriage?
A: Where we might land. With Dave’s parents in Michigan and Marty’s in Columbia, we scientifically decided to locate in Richmond, Virginia, sort of halfway in between. We both got jobs in Richmond, but it wasn’t too long before we returned to Columbia and began having babies.
Q: Tell us about a favorite moment in your marriage.
A: The arrival of our first child, Daniel, was a great moment in our marriage. We had not figured out the Southern custom of giving children family names, so the new baby became Daniel Ross, just because we liked those names. When Marty’s mother heard that news she asked, “Where’d you get that, out of the phone book?” Our second child was once again named for old friends of ours, but when the third one came along we named her for Dave’s mother and Marty’s dad.