Frank and Glennys Carlile of Walla Walla observed their 65th wedding anniversary on Feb. 20. There will be a celebration at a family gathering this summer, hosted by their children.
They married Feb. 20, 1949, in Yakima. Glennys’ maiden name is Montgomery.
During their first two years of marriage, Frank was a counterman and salesman for Piston Service in Yakima. In 1951, he became manager for Jaynes’ Typewriter Exchange in Pasco and later was a salesman for Moore Business Forms in Seattle.
The couple returned to Walla Walla in 1959. Frank purchased Jaynes’ Business Machines in 1961 and grew the business into what is now Total Office Concepts, Inc. He retired in 1996 and son Mark has owned the company since.
In the early years of their marriage, Glennys was a bookkeeper for West Side National Bank in Yakima and did legal and church secretarial work. In the 1960s, she was secretary to the president of Whitman College. From Whitman, she began a teaching career in business and human relations at Walla Walla Community College, retiring in 1976. She then operated a family business, Leasemaster, Inc., retiring a second time in the 1980s.
In retirement, Frank pursued his true passion of ministry, especially ministering to inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary, until retirement in summer 2008. Over the years, many inmates accepted Christ through his ministry.
Frank and Glennys played an instrumental role in bringing the Christian weekend retreat “Cursillo,” later known as “Walk to Emmaus,” and currently as “Walk with Christ,” movement to Eastern Washington. They were actively involved in that ministry for many years.
When their children were young, they enjoyed many travel trailer camping trips.
Over the years, they camped through the western states from Southern California to Banff, British Columbia, Canada.
They now enjoy time with books, games, friends, family and are active members of Pioneer United Methodist Church in Walla Walla.
They have a daughter, Cindy Simon of Portland; two sons, David and Mark Carlile, both of Walla Walla; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.