Richard Arthur "Dick" and Ada Elizabeth Taylor of Walla Walla celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary here on Sept. 18, 2011.
They met at a high school dance in Northfield, Ohio. They married Sept. 18, 1948, at First Methodist Church in Brecksville, Ohio. Ada's maiden name is Kanengeiser.
Dick graduated from Northfield High School in 1944. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II until his discharge in 1946. A 1951 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in physical education, he went on to post-graduate work at Oberlin College and Kent State University. He worked for the Young Men's Christian Association starting in Cleveland, Ohio; Wichita, Kansas; Tacoma; and Tri-Cities.
He finished as general director following the groundbreaking for the new Walla Walla YMCA building. After retiring from the YMCA, he worked 12 years for E.F. Hutton and Lehman Brothers.
In retirement, he enjoyed riding his horse, writing poetry, playing cribbage and golf, doing crossword puzzles, watching Westerns and spending time with family and friends. He is a past member of Rotary Club, Elks Lodge, Walla Walla Team Penners and the Sweet Onion Peggers Cribbage Club. His diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease in 2011 has limited his adventures.
Ada raised three children before returning to work as manager of the Automobile Club of Tri-Cities. When the family moved to Walla Walla, she worked for the Licensing Department, Sherwood and Roberts, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and St. Mary Medical Center. While working at St. Mary's, she earned a licensed practical nurse degree and an associate of applied arts and science degree in nursing. She was a registered nurse there until retirement in 1995. She then worked part-time at Dayton General Hospital until 2004, when she was 76.
She enjoys her grandchildren, gardening, holiday gatherings, baking, sewing, music and drama. She was a cast member in several Walla Walla Community College summer musicals and volunteered with the Walla Walla High School drama department. In 2005-06, she received the Art Regier Outstanding Volunteer Award from Walla Walla Public Schools.
The Taylors are members of Grace United Methodist Church and past members of Walla Walla Valley Horsemen's Association. They enjoyed camping, travels to high school reunions, Ohio, Florida, New Zealand; and Alaska and exploring Ada's mother's birthplace in Pontypool, Wales, and Dick's father's in Hartlepool, England, and toured France and Italy.
They have a daughter and son-in-law, Connie Taylor-Randall and Aaron Randall; two sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford and Marie Taylor and Bradford and Penny Taylor; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.