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Love Story: 50 Years Or Bust

Maya Murphy touches her husband, Dave’s, face as they laugh during an interview on Tuesday at their home on Fairchild Air Force Base. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

Maya Murphy, 28, believes in setting goals. She recently completed her first triathlon and started an investment firm with her husband, Dave Murphy. Her most treasured long-term goal also involves Dave. She said, “Several years ago at my grandpa’s funeral, my grandma told me, ‘We were married for 61 years and I still liked him.’ I thought – I want to do that! That’s when I set my goal of a 50th wedding anniversary.” The only problem? She was single at the time/Cindy Hval, SR Love Story. More here.

DFO: My wife and I are at 37-plus years and counting; so, I'd say our chances of hitting a golden anniversary are decent.

Question: Do you aspire to a Golden Wedding Anniversary? Are the odds in your favor?

Love Story: 75 Years Of Wedded Bliss

In 1937, John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” hit the bookshelves, Fred Astaire crooned “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” milk cost 14 cents a gallon, and 9 cents would buy a loaf of bread. And on June 9, Emil and Mary Larsen wed. Seventy-five years later, Emil, 99, still smiles when he recalls the day he first saw Mary. “She had long black hair down to her waist,” he said. “Her aunt owned a dance hall at Eloika Lake and got her milk, cream and vegetables from my father’s farm.” On that afternoon Mary and her brother had been dispatched to the Larsen farm near Elk to fetch fresh milk. Emil happened to be home. “I’d just arrived from working in Oregon,” he said/Cindy Hval, SR Love Story. More here.

Question: Can you imagine being married 75 years?

They Became The Le Claire Bunch

He was a single dad raising seven children. She was a single mom with five kids. In 1966, Mel and Darlene Le Claire met when she moved into a house behind him in south Spokane. “Our kids played together,” Darlene recalled. His oldest was 13 and the youngest just 5. Her kids ranged in age from 14 to 7. The kids ran back and forth between the two houses, but the adults didn’t meet until Darlene saw Mel walking past her house. He was so handsome, she said, “I thought he was worth meeting”/Cindy Hval, SR Love Story. More here. (Colin Mulvany SR story)

Question: Thirteen kids! Do you come from a large family?

Singing Keeps Parkinson’s At Bay

The sprightly, upbeat melody of “Side by Side” echoed down the halls of Rockwood South on March 29, as members of Tremble Clefs serenaded residents and guests. Tremble Clefs is a singing ensemble composed of people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. The program is one of the services offered by Parkinson’s Resource Center of Spokane. The center also sponsors a dance group and several support groups. While the most visible sign of Parkinson’s is trembling, some patients experience loss of voice volume and control. So, in addition to dealing with tremors that can make it difficult to walk confidently or button a shirt, many patients struggle just to be heard/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Do you know someone living with Parkinson's disease?

Love story of global proportion

Bill and Jay Warren recently celebrated their 61st anniversary. They met on a blind date in college, soon after Bill returned from Germany at the end of World War II. They’ve dedicated their busy lives to serving others. In the early 1960s, Bill was recruited as a trainer in the Peace Corps. They spent two years in the Philippines and one year in Nepal with six young children. Then they signed up for another aid organization and spent an additional three years in Kenya with seven children ages 1 to 14.

Bill and Jay Warren arrived in Spokane in 2007, via New Jersey, Texas, the Philippines, Nepal and points in between. The couple met on a blind date in 1946.

Bill had served two years in the Army after being drafted at age 18. “I shipped out to Europe,” he recalled. “We were replacement troops for those lost in the Battle of the Bulge.”

He doesn’t gloss over his combat experience. “A lot of it was horrible – nothing to glorify war.”

The young soldier was part of an ammunition and pioneer platoon engaged in a fierce struggle along the Siegfried Line. “Because we were a munitions group, we were sent out at night,” he said.

One night he fell into an exhausted sleep under a table. “They were looking for me to go out on patrol, but they couldn’t find me,” Bill said. He paused and glanced down at his hands. “Out of the 12 men who went out that night, only one came back.” Cindy Hval, SR More here

Can you imagine moving to the Philippines and Nepal with 6 kids under 10? Bill and Jay Warren did. Have you ever lived abroad?