Dean and Beverly Low celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a trip to China.
They climbed the Great Wall, viewed the terra cotta army and cruised the Yangtze River. Another celebration with family is planned for July.
They met first at a dance when Dean was a Dayton High School senior and Beverly a Waitsburg High School sophomore. They met again on a double date and had a five-year courtship that was interrupted when Dean was drafted into the U.S. Army. They became engaged in the hallway of St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where Beverly was convalescing from hip surgery. They wed April 11, 1953, at First Methodist Church in Walla Walla. Beverly’s maiden name is Roberts.
Dean attended the University of Washington and earned a bachelor’s degree in business while working summers for Boeing Inc. He was a buyer at Boeing for 33 years.
Beverly attended Cottey Junior College in Nevada, Mo. She graduated with a private secretarial degree from Kinman Business College in Spokane. She was a secretary at the University of Washington, the Federal Way (Wash.) School District and Weyerhaeuser National Headquarters in Federal Way.
They enjoyed a full-time RV lifestyle for 15 years, visiting all 48 lower states and several Canadian provinces.
They settled in Walla Walla in 2004 and have taken cruises to Alaska, and travelled to the United Kingdom, Italy, the Baltic states, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland and Greenland.
They have three sons, Steven, Bruce and Darren Low; daughter Kathryn Hoffman; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild, six step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.