Arlen and Calvin Carothers

Arlen and Calvin Carothers

Calvin and Arlen (Heister) Carothers celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary June 27, 2015.

They were married June 27, 1953, in Taos, N.M.

They said they had fond memories of eloping with a party of four, including the bride’s two sisters, Readon and Ticky, Jerry Criswell and Norma Rix.

Saying “I do” at 5:20 a.m. came with perks like the piano player playing “Here Comes the Bride” wearing blue slippers and a matching nightgown; a gift of $10 from the grandma of the bride-to-be for the cost of the wedding; and the groom changing from jeans to a suit in a ’51 Chevy for the early morning nuptials.

The couple has four children, Nolan, Marlon, Cristy and Scott; and many grandchildren.

The native Salidans said they fondly remember meeting when they were 14 and 15 and all they have endured, and they are thankful for it all.

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