Paces celebrate more than 70 years of marriage

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Quentin and Muriel Pace, of Bosque Farms, will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary on Friday, April 13, with a dinner at Teofilos in Los Lunas.

Quentin grew up in Oklahoma, and Muriel lived in Kansas. Both of their families moved to Albuquerque, and the couple met there while “jitterbugging” at an establishment in the city.

Muriel and Quentin Pace Married in 1941Muriel and Quentin Pace Married in 1941

They were married in Los Lunas in 1941, after which Quentin worked at a gas station on Fourth Street in Albuquerque. After several years, they moved to Arlington, Va., and Quentin spent 15 years working in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Defense Department.

Muriel and Quentin Pace In a recent photo

Their next move took them to California, where they enjoyed some retirement years. For health reasons, they returned to New Mexico and lived in the South Valley of Albuquerque.

In 2004, they felt the need to “downsize” and moved to Bosque Farms, where they live today with the family canines.

The two still maintain an independent lifestyle and have had a lifetime love of music. Quentin plays the violin, and Muriel the guitar, and they participate two or three times a week in jam sessions in Belen and Los Lunas.

They are faithful attendees of the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms, both drive and each carries on friendly, jovial conversations with friends.

For 71 years, they have enjoyed the company of each other and have been great examples for others wherever they have been.

Their son, Ronald, and his wife, Vicki, live in Houston, Texas, and they have a grandson, Roland, who lives in Virginia. Other family members include nieces, Jeanie Kolbush and Elain Yearly and her husband, Frank, who live in Albuquerque, and Norma Donahue, who lives in Springfield, Mo.; nephews, Edwin Donahue and wife, Ellen, of Belen, and Mike Donahue and wife, Velma, residents of Albuquerque.

Their family and friends of the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms will host their anniversary diner at 7 p.m., Friday, April 13, at Teofilos. Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling Ann Ford at 869-3390, or the church office at 869-2759.

Cards may be sent to Quentin and Muriel Pace, 214 Mitchell Loop, No. 13, Bosque Farms, N.M., 87068.