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Married for 62 years
We’ve been married for 62 years. It’s been fun. We met in high school in East Denver. We went to senior prom and went to college at Aggies (Colorado A&M), it’s now CSU. We had been dating for two years and one time we were in the car and I looked at him and said, “are we going to get married or what.” And we did. But as I’ve told all of our kids, he never did get down on one knee and he never said “will you marry me?” We got married in 1955 and shortly after we started having kids. We have six kids and 18 grandkids. Our marriage advise is compromise, compromise, compromise. At the beginning it as hard, because like many married couple, we were naive and did a lot of stupid things.
Our teaching careers
Dudley started teaching in 1965. He taught for 37 years. Dudley taught sixth grade at Peck Elementary in Arvada. And I taught 29 years, but mine was all in Denver. I spent most of my years at Edison Elementary which is over where Elitches used to be used to be. It’s kind of nice to have your spouse be in the same field as you are because I would come home having a really crappy day and he would have had a good day so he would build me up and vice versa. Because we would understand the kinds of problems.
Volunteering at the nature center
Dudley retired in 2001 and wanted to still work. I started a year or two after that. We teach classes at the Majestic View Nature Center. Teachers bring their classes to the center and they rotate between all of us. I’ll teach about birds and Dudley will teach about the wetlands. We also do outreach, water conservation. We also volunteer at the Denver Zoo. We do a lot of volunteer work. We love Arvada.
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