Bainbridge couple celebrates their 70th wedding aniversary

Roy S. Nash and Marjorie Carolyn “Carol” Nash on their wedding day in 1942. - Photos courtesy of Carolyn Nash
Roy S. Nash and Marjorie Carolyn “Carol” Nash on their wedding day in 1942.
— image credit: Photos courtesy of Carolyn Nash

Army Col. (ret.) Roy S. Nash and Marjorie Carolyn “Carol” Nash celebrated their 70th anniversary on Sept. 6, 2012.

They met in 1940 at Southern Pacific Railroad in San Francisco, Calif. where they both worked. Roy had decided that he wanted to meet the beautiful girl in the office pool.

They were married at Holy Name (of Jesus) Catholic Church in San Francisco, where Carol’s sister Dorothy was matron of honor and Roy’s friend, Ray Hutchins, was best man.

The wedding party also included Carol’s brother Bill Kirschbaum and Roy’s two sisters, Dorothy Stevens and Verna Watt and their husbands Irwin Stevens and Alan Watt. Roy was granted one day off work from Southern Pacific for their Capitola honeymoon, only after he threatened to quit his job.

Roy was drafted in World War II, and when he was recalled during the Korean War, he made the Army his career.

Carol and Roy raised their daughters, Carolyn Nash and Nancy Quitslund, in France, Arizona, Pakistan, Georgia, Okinawa, Virginia, and California. Carol had responsibility for the girls during Roy’s absences during short and long military assignments.

After caring for their mothers, Roy and Carol moved to Bainbridge Island in 1979, joining Nancy, who had married Bainbridge native, Dana.

Once here they worked on outreach projects through Seabold United Methodist Church, making sandwiches monthly for homeless people, cooking for the Super Suppers, and helping with the CROP Hunger Walk. They learned to cross country ski and play golf in their sixties and helped take care of their granddaughters, Beth and Sarah, whom they also took on adventures. They became “surrogate” grandparents to the neighbors’ children, too.

Roy and Carol traveled, danced, bowled, and visited their daughters, seven great-grandchildren, and distant relatives they met through their genealogy research. Roy continues to be a handyman, repairing and maintaining their home.

In May the couple celebrated their 93rd and 90th birthdays.  Roy took care of Carol at home until earlier this year and now visits her almost all day, every day, at Fir Acres Home, and she smiles at him.

Granddaughter Sarah and family crossed the Sound, daughter Carolyn crossed the country and niece Carol Oliver who attended the wedding when she was 4 years old, drove from Oregon to be with Roy and Carol for their anniversary.

The couple celebrated their anniversary at home on Sept. 6, and at Fir Acres on Sept. 9.

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