The Molalla Fire Station at Mulino will host an anniversary celebration for Ray and Lorna Wilson of Mulino

by: COURTESY OF WILSON FAMILY - Ray and Lorna Wilson cut the wedding cake at their reception July 2, 1949.Yes dear, how soon? were the words Ray Wilson used (with a little chuckle) to answer the question, “What is the most important thing you did or said to keep your marriage alive and healthy for 65 years?”

In response to the same question, his wife Lorna said “Divorce was never allowed as a word in our vocabulary.”

That level of resolve, coupled with their sense of humor, respect and love for each other, made it possible for Mr. and Mrs. Wilson to live, love and raise their four children in a happy home, since July 2, 1949.

The ceremony to honor Ray and Lorna Wilson is scheduled at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, which is the 65th anniversary of their wedding. The event will take place at Molalla Fire Station 81 on Highway 213, near Mulino.

The Wilsons have been strong supporters of the Molalla Fire District, especially during recent fundraising efforts.

A presentation is planned featuring proclamations and letters of recognition from Gov. John Kitzhaber, Congressman Kurt Schrader, Oregon State Rep. Vic Gilliam and Molalla Mayor Deborah Rogge.

Presenters, participants and honored guests scheduled to attend include Molalla Fire Chief Vince Stafford and Molalla Rural Fire District #73 firefighters, Molalla Mayor Deborah Rogge, and Rep. Vic Gilliam. Congressman Schrader will be represented by a member of his staff.

Also planning to attend are members of the Wilson’s wedding party, including David Selig of Columbia Falls, Mont., ring bearer; Patrea Kroll, of St. Helens, and Rebecca Sparre, of Molalla, flower girls.

The Ellensburg Daily Record published a description of their ceremony in its July 9, 1949 edition and wrote: “Miss Lorna Carolyn Selig, daughter of Mrs. Kate Selig of Cle Elum, chose a pretty lawn wedding for her marriage to Raymond Francis Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wilson of Thorp, on Saturday afternoon at Thorp. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were accompanied by their family and friends surrounded by flowers and ivy in front of the Wilson family home in Thorpe, Wash.”

After their marriage, the Wilsons became involved in ministry and community service. Ray served in various ministry capacities leading him to Assoc. Pastor and Director of Radio Programming positions for the Wings of Healing church in Portland, Oregon, and later the United Community Church of Glendale, California, and their syndicated, “Voice of Americanism” radio broadcast. Together, their lives in the ministry led Mr. & Mrs. Wilson to launch a ‘cause oriented’ advertising agency which became known as Wilson Advertising Associates in Glendale, California.

Ray Wilson wrote and produced hundreds of radio and television programs that were filmed on location in many third world countries and civil war-torn, famine and mass disaster stricken areas, including: India (Calcutta), Somalia, Pakistan near the Khyber Pass, Nicaragua and Cambodia (during the time of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge genocide). While Ray was traveling to remote and dangerous areas, Lorna managed the office and oversaw the Agency’s syndication and program distribution function which helped their clients make significant impact and benefit needing people around the world.

This service oriented couple later retired to their roots in the Pacific Northwest and now reside in the Mulino and Molalla areas.

Staying involved in the community, Lorna works tirelessly to support the community, including leading an effort to both raise funds for and convince the Mulino Town Council to make a significant donation to the Molalla Fire Department (see the Molalla Pioneer article December 4, 2013:

The Wilsons faithfully attend Hamlet of Mulino Town Council meetings and volunteer for the town’s activities. They also participate in Molalla council meetings to “save the pool” for the senior citizens (Molalla Aquatic Center) and other local issues. Their community involvement and efforts have been noticed by public officials in the Molalla area, so much so that District 73 Fire Chief Vince Stafford has graciously opened Fire Station #81 for this recognition ceremony, in honor of Ray and Lorna Wilson.

Family, friends and Fire District 73 Firefighters will enjoy a casual reception following the presentation ceremony.

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