Love blooms for 50 years

Burroughs graduate Carole Robinson and her husband, Richard, celebrated their 50-year marriage in April at a party hosted by their three daughters and their families in Quartz Hill.

When Carole and Richard were students at San Jose State University, they met at a homecoming event. They were married in 1963 in Glendale. 

Through their 50 years together, they have lived in Portland, Las Vegas, Washington D. C. and Los Angeles. They now live in Sonora.

Carole graduated in 1963 from San Jose State with an elementary education degree. After a brief teaching career, she became a full-time homemaker. After her children were grown, she was a field representative for L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich for eight years. 

Richard grew up in the Berkeley-El Cerrito area and graduated from El Cerrito High School. After a four-year enlistment in the Air Force, he attended San Jose State University, graduating in 1962. He was a federal narcotics agent and held supervisory and management positions for 26 years.

They have three daughters, eight grandchildren and a bonus granddaughter and her husband.  Eldest daughter, Lisa, and husband Jeff, live in Morgan Hill. Daughter Loralyn and her husband, Brett, reside in Quartz Hill. Their youngest daughter, Leeann and her husband, Len, live in Gardnerville, Nev. 

Over the years, they have traveled with friends and family, visiting most of the 50 United States and have been to Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, the Scandinavian countries, Australia, New Zealand and China.

Their tips for a successful marriage?

Richard says “Family recreational activities, away from my work place, and the fact that Carole was a good cook and homemaker.”

Most important, they both said, “helping each other during troubling times.”


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