Richard “Dick” Arthur and Ada Elizabeth Taylor of Walla Walla celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 18 with family and friends.
The couple met at a high school dance when Ada was a junior and Dick was on leave from the U.S. Army Air Corps. They married in 1948 at First Methodist Church in Brecksville, Ohio. Ada’s maiden name was Kanengeiser.
Dick served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. On the GI Bill he graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
He did postgraduate work in sociology at Oberlin College and Kent State University.
After graduation, he became program director of the West Side YMCA in Cleveland, Ohio.
His career span with the YMCA covered 30 years where he served as physical director in Parma Heights, Ohio, general director of Wichita, Kan., associate director in Tacoma, general director in Tri-Cities and general director of the Walla Walla YMCA.
He was responsible for groundbreaking for the new Walla Walla YMCA building on Park Street.
After retirement, he worked 12 years as financial consultant for E.F. Hutton & Co. and Lehman Brothers.
He also enjoyed playing with his dog, Muffin, riding his horse, Koty, writing poetry, playing cribbage and golf, watching Westerns and 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 limited his adventures. Currently, he resides at Odd Fellows.
Ada was a homemaker for many years before returning to the workforce.
She was manager of the Pasco Automobile Association of America, clerk at the Walla Walla County Licensing Department, loan processor at Sherwood and Roberts, receptionist at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and receptionist at St. Mary Medical Center.
She returned to school, and earned certified nursing assistant, licensed practical nursing and registered nursing degrees from Walla Walla Community College.
She retired as an R.N. from St. Mary Medical Center in 1995 and then worked part-time as an R.N. for Dayton General Hospital until her retirement at age 76 in 2004.
She enjoys her grandchildren, gardening, baking, holiday gatherings, sewing, music, drama and her dachshund, Sweetie.
In 2005, she received the Art Regier Outstanding Volunteer Award from Walla Walla Public Schools for her help as the ticket manager for the high school drama department.
The Taylors are members of Grace United Methodist Church and past members of Walla Walla Valley Horseman’s Association.
They have three children, all of Walla Walla: a daughter and son-in-law, Connie Taylor-Randall and Aaron Randall, a son and daughter-in-law, Cliff and Marie Taylor, and a son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Penny Taylor.
They have five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.