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Harry Leroy Deets to Thelma Wombwell

Ferns, chrysanthemums and candelabra decorated the First Christian church (Dixon, Lee County IL) last evening for the marriage of Miss Thelma Wombwell and Harry Leroy Deets of Sterling, The Rev. A. L. Martin performed the double ring service at 8 o’clock before a large gathering of friends and relatives. Mrs. Alfred Tice was the nuptial soloist singing “’Til the End of Time’ and “I Love Your Truly.” She was accompanied by Miss Lois Fellows, who also played the traditional wedding marches and a prelude of wedding music including Echoes of Spring, Cantilene Nuptiale, Schubert’s Serenade, To A Wild Rose, Romance, Leibestram, Entrée Nuptiale and Rustic Wedding Scene.

The bride wore a white satin gown fashioned with sweetheart neckline, long train, and lace insertions that extended down the shoulder to the hemline. Her fingertip veil was held in place by a net coronet with pearl trimming, and she carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums tied wit white satin ribbons. Miss Virginia Wombwell, sister of the bride, was maid of honor, and Miss Evelyn Deets and Mrs. Donald Galor served as bridesmaids. There wore taffeta floor length dresses of blue, yellow and pink, respectively, and carried bouquets of chrysanthemums tied with ribbons that matched their dresses. Arthur Workman served Mr. Deets as best man and ushering were Arthur Finkle and Orville Wade.

The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Wombwell, 1837 West First street, was given in marriage by her father. For her daughter’s wedding, Mrs. Wombwell wore a black dress trimmed in White and back accessories. Mrs. Deets chose a navy costume with matching accessories. Both mothers wore white chrysanthemum corsages at their shoulders. At the reception held in the church parlors immediately following the wedding ceremony, Mrs. Winifred Wells and Mrs. Mable Beers were the hostesses. Yellow and white predominated in the decorations. A four-tiered wedding the evening were Miss Goldie and was flanked by bowls of yellow and bronze chrysanthemums and yellow candles. [text missing and duplicated text in the previous sentence; it probably should read: A four-tiered wedding cake was flanked by bowls of yellow and bronze chrysanthemums and yellow candles.] Pouring during the evening were Miss Goldie Cunningham, Mrs. Glen Allan and Mrs. Ora Flaningam. Miss June Walters was in charge of the bride’s book.

The new Mrs. Deets is a Dixon high school graduate and has been employed by the F. W. Woolworth Co. The bridegroom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Freemont [Fremont] Deets of Sterling, attended Sterling township high school and is engaged in farming. For going away the bride chose a brown tow-piece suit with brown accessories and a corsage of brinze and yellow chrysanthemums. Out-of-town guests who came for the wedding and reception were from Polo, Lanark, Sterling and Milledgeville. Mrs. John H. Wombwell of Brookfield, Mo., aunt of the bride, was also a guest.

Contributed by Larry Reynolds / The Dixon Evening Telegraph, November 10, 1945, page 5, column 5–6

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