Coles celebrate 50th
David and Connie Cole will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 14. They met the second week of Connie’s freshman year at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1965. They were married in the Macalester Chapel in 1969 and moved to Montana in 1971.
Dave came to the relationship with a love of fishing and hunting, sports that Connie had never experienced. Many stories have been shared about their pursuit of elk, deer and antelope with friends and relatives all over Montana. They floated and fly fished Montana’s rivers and boated lakes from Flathead to Fort Peck. One of their greatest adventures was an entire fall spent hunting big horn sheep by horseback in the Bob Marshall Wilderness on the Rocky Mountain front, finally scoring a trophy ram on the last weekend of the season.
Moving to the north Helena Valley in 1984, they added horses to their lives, allowing for continued explorations and expansion of friendships to include the Last Chance Back Country Horsemen of Montana.
David worked for the Department of Commerce for 37 years. Connie worked for a number of engineering and mining firms as an environmental consultant throughout Montana, the Northwest, southern Canada and Alaska.
Dave and Connie have volunteered for many years at the Montana Military Museum at Fort Harrison, where Dave also serves on the board of directors. Dave also served nine years on the City-County Planning Board. Connie served 19 years on the board of the Prickly Pear Land Trust and currently serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Open Lands Program. She also volunteers at The Friendship Center. Both were voted life members of the Helena Trap Club, where Connie has served as secretary for 12 years.
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