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Bob and Marion McCaffrey

Bob and Marion McCaffrey

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Published: Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.

Bob and Marion (Lawson) McCaffrey celebrated their 65th anniversary with a family gathering that included their children and grandchildren.

They met during the summer of 1946 at Willits Frontier Days. Marion thought that Bob was the best looking cowboy there and had the chance to get acquainted with him at a dance that evening. She “accidentally on purpose” left her coat behind with the hopes that she would see him again. Several months later, Bob stopped by her home in Napa to return the coat, and he invited her out for an evening in San Francisco.

They went together for a year before getting married on June 17, 1947.

Before leaving town for their wedding, Marion waited for Bob to finish his final exams at University of Davis. On the same day, they drove to Reno and were married at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Their honeymoon was spent in Yosemite.

Bob served in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in the Azores during WWII. After graduation from the university, he worked for General Mills selling cattle feed as far north as Oregon and Washington states. In addition, he conducted butterfat testing of milk samples at dairies throughout Sonoma County. They have lived in Petaluma, Ukiah, Healdsburg and moved to Windsor in 1998.

Family members include: daughter Patty; daughter Mary Sikes and her husband, Ed; son Michael; daughter, Colleen; and son Matthew, all of Sonoma County. They have eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Bob is a member of the Knights of Columbus; Marion is a member of Young Ladies Institute, Red Hat Society and Our Lady of Guadalupe Madonna Sodality, a service organization for the church, the community and the women of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The couple's advice for a long and happy marriage is “Gotta give a little so you can take a little; everybody stays happy that way.”

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