Ed and Mary Velasquez’ love story began at a dance in Red Bluff, Calif., where they met and fell in love. In 1959, Ed joined the U.S. Marine Corps. The young couple missed each other so much while he was away in boot camp that during Ed’s leave they went to Reno and got married on Nov. 30, 1959.

Ed and Mary have had a love story that has withstood the test of time. To this day, they are best friends and enjoy each other’s company. They both love music – Elvis is known as “The King” by everyone in the family.

Ed worked for more than 30 years for AT&T and, after his retirement in 2001, they enjoyed traveling in their RV to 40 different states and still tell tales of all their travels.

Mary, the happiest of homemakers, loves making quilts for her family and volunteering at L‘Chayim over on Fourth Street.

They have three children, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

According to those who know them best, what sets Ed and Mary apart is their love for their family. Each one of them is special and loved for their individual character. They are always there for everyone with unconditional love and understanding.

Ed and Mary moved to Galt over a decade ago and now have four generations in town near them, which stands as a tribute to what wonderful people they are.

“We couldn’t have a better family in a better little town,” loved ones said of the couple. “Happy 60th to you two lovebirds.”