Lloyd and Margaret Davis of Walla Walla will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Monday. A family gathering will be at a later date.
The couple met when Lloyd was a freshman at South Dakota State College in Brookings and Margaret was a junior in high school and worked in Kendall’s Drug Store. Lloyd and a college friend came in for milkshakes one evening and Margaret waited on them. She was smitten by Lloyd’s brown wavy hair, handsome face, wonderful smile, brown leather jacket and white silk scarf.
They married Aug. 1, 1948, in Brookings. Margaret’s maiden name is Dokken.
After Lloyd’s freshman year he enlisted in the U.S. Army and following basic training he was assigned to guard the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, N.M. He returned to college after his discharge.
The couple moved to Walla Walla in 1967 where Lloyd managed the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin’s commercial printing department. He moved on to other printing management opportunities for about 20 years and retired in 1990.
Lloyd learned to fly an airplane, was a hunter and fisherman and an officer in a gun club. He built toys and furniture and the family’s first house. He enjoys reading.
Margaret was a stay-at-home mother until their youngest daughter entered junior high school. She then was a bookkeeper at Walla Walla Drug Store and Van Petten Lumber & Hardware Co. She retired from the accounting department at Portland Community College in 1992.
Margaret enjoys spending time with Lloyd and her great-grandchildren. She also likes to read and decorate the house.
They have three daughters and two sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Gary Gilman of Renton, David and the late Jane Coulter of Walla Walla and the late Mary Nicolene; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Mary Davis of Gladstone, Ore., and Robert and Gini Davis of Olympia; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous stepchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.