Don and Shirley Woolery
On February 19, 2015, Don and Shirley Woolery of Springfield, Oregon, will mark their 60th wedding anniversary.
Prior to marrying Shirley Ruth Rizzi at her parents’ ranch in Mountain City, Nevada, Don was a buckaroo for the Petan Ranch in northern Nevada. Shirley had graduated from the University of Nevada at Reno, earning her 2-year Normal Teaching Certificate in 1952. She then taught in one-room schools for 1st through 8th grade in Secret Pass in Ruby Valley, Nevada, until 1953, after which she taught various grades at the Duck Valley Indian Reservation School in Owyhee, NV from 1953 – 1955.
After their marriage, the coupled continued at the Petan Ranch for one year. In 1958, Don began working for the Nevada Youth Training Center and Slim Olsen’s Oil Company in Elko, Nevada, until 1964. Shirley worked as a secretary for Elko Real Estate from 1956–1959.
In February 1964, Don and Shirley and their 3 children (Ruth, Linda, and Glenn) moved to Springfield, Oregon, to co-own and operate the Arctic Circle Drive-In & Restaurant until selling the restaurant in 1978. Don became the Supervisor of Sanitation for Tom Williams Bakery in 1976 until his retirement in 1995 while Shirley assisted Irene Glavin with her housecleaning business from 1980 until retiring in 1997.
During their retirement, Don and Shirley traveled across the West in their RV, returned to assist Shirley’s brother and sister-in-law with running the family’s’ Rizzi Ranch from 2000-2002, and traveled east to visit family and attractions. They have lived at their present home in Springfield since 1967. Don has been a life-long, active member of the Springfield Elks Lodge No. 2145; he was also involved in the Springfield Lions club. Shirley was an active member of Springfield’s Welcome Wagon.
Don and Shirley will celebrate their anniversary this coming July with immediate family. Joining them will be eldest daughter Ruth Newberry, her husband Frederick, and grandson, Darren Newberry, his wife, Elizabeth, and two great-grandchildren, Claire and Nathaniel, and grand-daughter, Laurel Newberry all from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; daughter, Linda Woolery of Portland, Oregon; and son, Glenn Woolery and his three step-children, Kayla Coontz and son, Karter, and Andrew and wife Lena Coontz from Springfield, Oregon; and Channel Coontz and son, Cordell (4 yrs) from Las Vegas, Nevada.
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