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WED pender

Elizabeth Winchester, formerly of Jonesboro and now of Wiesbaden, Germany, announces the marriage of her mother, Sandy Vincent, to Dale Pender, father of Trey and Jaycee Pender of Jonesboro. Sandy and Dale were married June 4 at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Betty Vincent and the late Wayne Vincent of Anna. Sandy graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in 1984, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Murray State University in 1988, and graduated with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2003 from William Woods University in Fulton, Mo. She is a retired math teacher, having taught at Twin Rivers High School in Broseley, Mo.

The groom is the son of Mrs. Lou Ella Pender and the late Gilbert Pender of Anna. Dale is a 1984 AJCHS graduate, and he graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in education from Southeast Missouri State University. He is employed at Egyptian School District as a high school science teacher.

Early on Tuesday morning, June 4, as the sunbeams were rising over the horizon, Dale and Sandy were chauferred to Fort Lauderdale Beach in a white Rolls Royce. The bride wore a diamond-white satin strapless gown with layered pickup skirt. The A-line gown had a corset back with beading along bodice. She wore a fingertip ivory veil scattered with pearls and a matching pearl and crystal tiara headband. The groom wore a long-sleeved, linen dress shirt and tan suit pants.

Dale escorted his bride from the Rolls Royce onto a red carpet leading to the beach’s sandy aisle, which was covered with lavender purple orchards petals and outlined with decorated tiki torches. The couple pledged their love and dedication to each other while exchanging vows and rings. Under the orchid-covered arch, with the sound of the ocean waves and the glow of the rising sun as their backdrop, Dale and Sandy performed the wedding sand ceremony. Their separate lives were represented by two vials of sand — Sandy’s was white, Dale’s was blue — which were poured into one vial symbolizing the joining of the couple as husband and wife. After pronouncing Dale and Sandy husband and wife, bystanders congratulated the newlyweds as they strolled to the Rolls.

After a two-week honeymoon in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area, Dale and Sandy reside in Jonesboro with their two cats, Sugar and Heidi.

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