Gabaldons share 50 years of marriage

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Ernie and Carol Gabaldon, of Belen, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 12. They were married in 1963.

Ernie retired from the state of New Mexico, and works as a substitute custodian for Belen Schools.

Carol and Ernie Gabaldon At their wedding

Carol is a homemaker and loves to care for her great-grandchildren. She stays active doing water aerobics with her friend, Lucinda Romero.

The couple are members of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.

Their children, all of Belen, are John and Veronica Baca, Gladys Gabaldon, Marvin and Veronica, and Andrea Gabaldon. They have six grandsons, five great-grandchildren and one on the way.

They had a blessing of their marriage on Jan. 12 at the 5 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. A dinner was given after the Mass with their family and friends. Their grandchildren cooked and served the meal for them.

The music was provided by Wayne Gallegos.

They were accompanied by their padrinos, Salo and Odelia Gonzales, along with one of their bridesmaids, Jenny Mascarena.