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Special to The Hesperian-Beacon
He was a small-town mechanic in Lockney, Texas. She was one of seven daughters of a migrant farm couple working in the Flomot, Texas area. The year was 1960.
This year, amidst one of the most challenging years in history, Gonzalo and Julia Gonzales of Floydada will be observing their 60th wedding anniversary.
With giggles and smiling faces, the two reminisce of how many years ago, this young man would make sure that he just happened to be where the young girl, who was destined to be his wife, would be on Saturdays in Lockney.
Gonzales, then 28 years old, had moved to Lockney from Ganado, Texas with his family, and at the age of 23, Julia Garcia of Mission, Texas had already spent many years traveling around the country working in vegetable fields with her parents and siblings.
Following their courtship, the two were married in Floydada on November 19, 1960.
In November 1961, they started their family with the birth of their daughter, Rosemary. Their second child Isabell was born in 1962 and the birth of their son Adam would complete their family in 1975. Adam and his wife Angie have blessed the Gonzales’ with two amazing granddaughters, Aliana and Ava, who make their grandparents’ faces beam by just walking in the room. A grandson born to Isabell and her late husband, Alfred Pena, died in 1991.
In 1985, the Gonzales’ celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a small gathering of family and friends. Twenty-five years later in November of 2010, their 50th anniversary was blessed during the Sunday Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Floydada, where they have been long-time members. Well-wishers, family and friends then attended a reception in the church hall.
This year, due to the pandemic plaguing our country and for the protection of the couple’s health, the family has agreed that there will be no public celebration marking this milestone anniversary.
On behalf of the couple’s family, Rosemary and Bill Rushing, Isabell Gonzales, and Adam and Angie Gonzales and their daughters, the only gift they do request is that well-wishers keep their parents in their daily prayers, along with praying for healing of our country and all who are sick or have lost loved ones to this virus.