Garrisons celebrate 75th anniversary
Henry and Lottie Garrison of Rio Communities celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day.
The couple was married on Nov. 24, 1936, in Elkton, Md. They paid a $2 license fee and a $5 preacher fee.
Henry, who is retired, is an expert woodcarver. Lottie, who is also retired, enjoys needlework and bingo.
Henry was stationed at Miller Field on Staten Island, N.Y., when they were married. He was making $280 a month.
He had to do KP duty on his last day. He was 23-years old when they married, and Lottie was 18.
Lottie’s father immigrated from England, and her mother was originally from Northern Ireland.
Henry loved to work on cars. He rebuilt a 1926 or ’27 Chevy, which was his first car.
“Didn’t have much,” Henry said. “Didn’t need much.”
He said of his marriage, “Didn’t fight much — liked things peaceful.”
Henry lived in New Jersey, the eldest of eight, which included three boys and five girls. He described his family as a “farm family.”
Lottie uses email. She started at the age of 82, and communicates with her children via email.
Lottie still drives their car, but Henry prefers not to drive.
Their children are David Garrison and his wife, Audrey, of Albuquerque, and their son, Jacob, who is an attorney; and daughter, Alice Dize, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and her husband, Fieldy, and their children, David, Cathy, Mike and Jonathan.
They have five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granchild, who is due to be born in the spring.
Friends and neighbors are holding a reception for the couple in the clubhouse of the Vista Del Rio Mobile Home Park from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Friends and family of Henry and Lottie are invited to attend.