Carrillos mark 60 years of marriage

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Bernabe “Barney” and Frances Carrillo, of Belen, celebrated their diamond anniversary on Oct. 31.

Barney was introduced to Frances Murillo by his brother, Celso Carrillo, in Susanville, Calif., in 1951. They were married on Oct. 31, 1953, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Susanville.

Frances and Bernabe “Barney” Carillo At their wedding

The best man was Eli Arenivas, and the maid of honor was Mary Murillo-Arenivas, Frances’ sister and brother-in-law.

Barney grew up in Sabinal and attended school in La Joya. He worked for Ponca Wholesale/Flaks Ponca/Core-Mark in Albuquerque for 35 years and retired in 2006. He works part-time at the Valencia County Senior Center.

He enjoys basketball and is a member of the senior league.

Frances grew up in Susanville, Calif., and graduated from Westwood High School. She worked as a waitress, in the banking industry for 20 years, at PNM for 10 years, retiring in 2000. She worked for Los Lunas Schools for seven years, retiring in 2013.

They lived in California for the first five years of their marriage and in Belen for the next 55 years.

The couple are the parents of Edina and husband, Pete Flores Sr., of Littleton, Colo.; and Cynthia and husband, Duane Dimas, of Belen.

Their grandchildren are Erica and husband, Steve Abeita, of Isleta; and Peter Flores, of Rio Rancho. Their great-grandchildren are Ashley and Isaac Abeita of Isleta.

Bernabe “Barney” and Frances Carrillo Married 60 years

The Carrillos enjoy spending time with their family and taking care of their furry friends, Bear and Matilda.

They were honored with a blessing at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, followed by a dinner with family and friends on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Sen. Michael Sanchez honored them with a proclamation from the New Mexico State Senate.