Faye (Gillham) and Clyde McKinley of Grass Valley celebrated 50 years of marriage Feb. 3 at First Baptist Church of Grass Valley, with a dinner presented by their Sunday morning Bible study class.
The couple was married Feb. 2, 1952, in Milbrae.
Their children are Gordon McKinley of Tucson, Ariz., Stephen McKinley and his wife, Pamela, of Antioch; Laura Hermens and husband, Bill, of Pittsburg; and James McKinley and his wife, Kandi, of Enumclaw, Wash. They have six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and two foster grandchildren.
Mr. McKinley retired in 1986 after 35 years with the Walnut Creek School District. He taught at Parkmead and Walnut Creek middle schools and Buena Vista and Walnut Heights schools, where he served as both teacher and vice principal.
In the U.S. Army, he served in occupied Japan.
His first teaching job was with the Alta Vista School District in Auburn.
Mrs. McKinley retired as an administrative assistant in 1987. She also worked as teacher at First Baptist Church of Concord’s preschool, as a substitute teacher for the Mount Diablo Unified School District, and was a teacher’s aide for the special-education school Treat Learning Center.
The McKinleys moved to the Grass Valley area in 1987, and are members of First Baptist Church.
They are active with Interfaith Food Ministry and serve in various positions within the church. They have participated in several mission trips within California and assisted with food preparation and equipment relocation during the floods in the Marysville area in 1997.
A weeklong anniversary trip to Monterey Bay is planned for later this month.
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