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February 17, 2013
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60th Anniversary: Sanford, Dale and Vivian

Sanfords mark 65th together

Dale and Vivian Sanford celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a weekend at the Oregon coast.

They have known each other since childhood and in different years. They even had the same first grade teacher, Cosette Perry.

Vivian White and Dale Sanford were married Oct. 29, 1947, at the First Lutheran Church in Baudette, Minn. They relocated often during the early years of their marriage. He worked at the Navy Ammunition Depot in Hastings, Neb. In Montana, he was employed by A. S. and R. Co. Smelter in Helena, then by Bonneville Power in Missoula. Later, the Sanfords went to Vancouver, Wash., near Dale’s sister. There, he worked at Yale Dam. Finally, his brother in Winston called to let Dale know millwright work was available and the Sanfords moved again. Vivian loved the area, so the couple settled in Roseburg in 1956.

It was Vivian who first went to work at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She was a medical machines technologist for 28 years. Leaving the mill, Dale joined Vivian at the VA. He was a heavy equipment operator in engineering for 25 years.

Dale retired in 1986 and she followed in 1988. This left more time to travel. Their favorite destinations include the Oregon coast and visiting with relatives and friends from Texas to Minnesota. Vivian also likes crocheting, working in the yard and being outdoors. Dale’s health problems now prevent them from doing much traveling, so he enjoys watching the families of deer that live in their area. He’s diabetic but Vivian says “he likes to eat” and she caters to him with special sugar-free treats and meals.

The couple left Roseburg a year ago to be nearer their two daughters in Klamath Falls. The Sanfords have four children: Steve and Lynn Stewart of Arlington, Va.; Jim and Melody Sanford of Roseburg; Myron and Kathy Mikkelson of Klamath Falls; Steve and Diane Silvers of Klamath Falls. There are also eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

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