50 Years of Love

Emma Frankart Henterly
Marissa and Johnny Ragin on their wedding day and at their 50th anniversary party

Johnny and Marissa Ragin first met as freshman at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and wasted no time—they married the following year! After graduation, their family grew; today they have three children and three grandchildren. All three children, as well as Marissa herself, were born and raised in Columbus.

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The Ragins’ anniversary was honored at a luncheon hosted by their children last August. It was “a celebration of marriage, family and faith,” writes Ayanna Ragin Dickinson in an email to Columbus Weddings. The luncheon at Clintonville Women’s Club saw approximately 150 guests, Dickinson says, who heard from the Ragins’ three children and witnessed the couple renewing their vows.

Scroll through the slideshow below to see photos from the celebration!