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By Bev Odom
The Red River Sun
DEWEY, Ariz. — Married during Easter break Peggy Riley’s senior year in high school, John G. Clark had already graduated from Wellington High School at mid-term 1949-1950.
April 10, 1952 proved to be a very special day for Miss Peggy Riley and Sgt. John Clark as they started their life’s journey together. The couple recited their marriage vows in an evening wedding ceremony at the First Baptist Church in Wellington.
“After our three-day honeymoon, she had to go back and finish the semester and graduate as an ‘old married woman’,” John reminisced. “‘They Try To Tell Us We’re Too Young’ was a popular tune during this era, and that’s all we heard from our folks.”
The couple moved to Long Beach, Calif. after being discharged from the Air Force. John attended Long Beach State College until graduating in 1958.
“During this time we had two sons and had moved to Stanton, Calif. where we resided for 44 years in the same house with the same phone number,” said John.
Active in church work, both served as Sunday school teachers, John as a deacon and Peggy as church secretary for 33 years. In John’s professional career, he worked in the defense/aerospace industry retiring from Hughes Aircraft in Fullerton, Calif. in 1993.
Twenty years ago, on March 14, 2001, the couple moved to Arizona.
“We hope, by now, we have proven our parents wrong as we approach our 69-year anniversary.”
Peggy just recently moved into an assisted living facility with dementia.
“This ‘absence’ has made me appreciate my friends who have lost wives or husbands and are attempting to face the future alone,” John remarked.