Roy and Judy Silva of Escalon celebrated 50 years of marriage on January 16, 2010.
The two first met in the seventh grade while attending Lone Tree School in Escalon. They remained friendly until their freshman year of high school and then began dating.
“We were friends and then boyfriend and girlfriend, you know how that goes,” Judy Silva stated.
The couple was wed on January 16, 1960 at St. Patrick’s Church in Escalon.
They have resided in Escalon for the majority of their lives, with a 10-year departure while they resided in Modesto. They returned to Escalon when their youngest son Scott started kindergarten.
Mr. Silva spent 30 years working in the sheet metal trade. He retired from ABC Awning after 17 years of service. Mrs. Silva is a retired bookkeeper.
They are the proud parents of Brent (Joni) Silva of Escalon and Scott (Cheri) Silva of Salida. Their five grandchildren are Trent, Mason, Seth, Logan and Noah.
The couple celebrated their 50th Anniversary surrounded by immediate family and friends at the New China Restaurant in Ripon.
When asked what it was she loved most about her husband, Mrs. Silva said, “Everything. I wouldn’t sill be here after 50 years if I didn’t.”
And when probed for advice on the secret to a long marriage she simply stated, “If you decide to get married, figure it’s forever. That’s how we figured it.”