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Hemet couple celebrate 75th anniversary – Press Enterprise

Wilson and Emma Beckford of Hemet celebrated their 75th anniversary on December 25, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Call)

Hemet’s Wilson Beckford, 95, and Emma Beckford, 93, celebrated their 75th anniversary on December 25th with a filet mignon and lobster tail dinner prepared by their daughters Judy Funk, Nancy Cole, and Johnny Thorn.

When Wilson was 16 and Elma was 14, they met at a roller skating rink in Salem, Oregon. She said he was the most handsome boy he had ever met and they started dating, his daughter Judy Funk wrote.

Wilson enlisted in the US Navy during World War II and embarked on a tank landing ship. Wilson and Emma continued their relationship through letters during the three years he was in the Marines.

When Wilson’s ship arrived at Long Beach at the end of the war, Emma was there to welcome him home. A few days later, they got married in Long Beach on Christmas Day, December 25, 1945.

Wilson and Emma Beckford were married on December 25, 1945 in Long Beach. (Courtesy of Judy Funk)

Wilson had a career as a marketing manager and trainer at Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone, and Elma was a licensed real estate agent.

They live in Oregon, Washington, California and Minnesota. After retirement, they traveled for years in a camper van before settling in Hemet more than 20 years ago.

In addition to motorhome trips, they have taken many cruises, including Thailand, Alaska, Hawaii, the South Sea Islands, South America and the Panama Canal.

They also enjoy league shuffleboards, Mexican train dominoes, and card games with their friends.

According to their daughter Judy Funk, they say that true love, mutual respect, and a sense of humor are the keys to a long marriage.

In addition to his three daughters who live in Hemet and his son-in-law, Ted Funk, he has four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They also took them to their homes to raise the now-deceased Danny Fisher and Shirley Waite in Woodburn, Orea.

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