January 25, 2020

75th Wedding Anniversary for Bill and Barbara Stebbins

Bill and Barbara Stebbins celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary

DEEP RIVER— Monday was a special day for William and Barbara Stebbins as the local couple celebrated 75 years of marriage. William Stebbins, 96, and Barbara Stebbins, 95, were married on May 23, 1936.

Longtime residents of the Ivoryton section of Essex, the Stebbins have lived in all three Valley Shore towns, residing at the Kirtland Commons elderly housing in Deep River for nearly a decade before moving together to the Chesterfields Health Care Center in Chester last year. Bill Stebbins worked for the C. P. Burdick & Son oil company of Ivoryton for many years before retirement.

The Stebbins have three sons, Donald Stebbins of Deep River, Rick Stebbins of Essex, and David Stebbins, who resides in Florida. Rick Stebbins is a former member and chairman of the Region 4 Board of Education. The couple have eight grand-children, Donna Nelson of Deep River, Terri Savino of Old Saybrook, Marcia Burdick of Deep River, Sarah Ahearn of Massachusetts, Tim Stebbins of New York, Kelly Stebbins of Massachusetts, Bethany Stebbins of Middletown, and Sonny Stebbins, who is deceased.

Family and friends celebrated with Bill and Barbara at a luncheon reception held May 21 at the Ivory restaurant in Deep River. First Selectman Richard Smith, noting the Stebbins would “always be part of Deep River,” presented the couple with an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly.

Deep River First Selectman Richard Smith presents Bill and Barbara Stebbins with an official citation to celebrate their wedding anniversary