Quincy residents Shirley and Wayne Benedict celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 4 at their home surrounded by family and friends. Photo submitted

Celebrating 70 years of marriage

Some people think 70 years is a long time, but for Wayne and Shirley Benedict it seem like they just got married yesterday.

They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at their home in Quincy on Sept. 4, surrounded by family and friends.

Wayne and Shirley met in high school in Portola and dated for a while before Wayne left school to join the Navy. They corresponded while he was gone and married when he returned.

Wayne worked a total of 45 years with Western Pacific Railroad (now Union Pacific Railroad.) Shirley stayed busy at home with their children.

Since retiring the two have enjoyed their hobbies as well as spending time with their three children, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Shirley is a gifted crafter with yarns and flowers, while Wayne is just as gifted with his wood and metal projects. Whenever you drive past their home on Bresciani Circle, you can see his windmills as well as a replica of the famous Coronado Hotel.