Joe and Margaret Diaz’s 60th wedding anniversary
Dr. Phil had better watch out, because if the Diaz family and their circle of friends decide to document their advice on family and marriage matters, it will put him out of business.
Dozens of family and friends of Joe and Margaret Diaz celebrated the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary at the Rifle Senior Center last Saturday afternoon.
The Diazes were married Jan. 5, 1946, at the Garfield County Courthouse.
Joe Diaz’s father, Dionisio, came to Silt in 1931 from Chihuahua, Mexico, as part of a migrant worker program in 1931 that hired people to pick beets and potatoes on local farms.
There were seven boys and five girls in the Diaz family. Diaz’s younger brother, Gene, said everyone called the boys “The Magnificent Seven.” Well, not everyone. His wife, Eva calls them all “The Dirty Dozen.”
Joe and Margaret’s granddaughter, Corrie Rippy, said that the success of the family is due to the ethics Joe and Margaret instilled in the family that revolve around God, faith and family. “I look up to them for my own marriage,” she said.
And, since Diaz relatives number into triple digits, she has plenty of examples all around her.
Ted and Jo Diaz have been married 56 years. Ted’s advice: “Live a clean life and love each other,” He said.
His wife Jo said what every man wants to hear: “Let them watch all the football they want!” She said.
Eva Diaz, married to Gene for 57 years, said that she would never learn how to fry eggs for another man.
“I’ll just stay married,” she said. Joking aside, she said, “You have to give and take a lot.” For Freddie Fazzi, who has been married to his wife, Ann, for 49 years, said, “You get along, and communicate, and do stuff together.”
Margaret remembered one of the hardest times the family went through when two of Joe and Margaret’s three sons, Joseph (J.D.), and Anthony, were sent to Vietnam at the same time. “It was a nightmare,” Margaret said. “So were the mines.”
After her sons returned home safely from the war, they worked as coalminers for Mid- Continent Resources. “I prayed every day they’d get out of there,” she said.
J.D. remembers driving to work every day and passing by his parent’s home where Margaret would get up every morning and wait for them to drive by.
When she saw them coming, she flipped the lights on and off so J.D. and Anthony knew she was thinking about them.
After 60 years of marriage, Margaret knows the secrets of keeping a family together. Margaret’s most important advice is: “Don’t yell at each other,” she said. “And Trust,” she said. Faith in each other; trust for our family.”
“There isn’t a Diaz who doesn’t get along,” Eva Diaz said. And no matter what happens, the whole bunch is there. “You pick on one bean,” J.D. said, “You take the whole burrito.”
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