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Sisters share celebration of their golden anniversaries

Ted and Virgie Riley

Ted and Virgie Riley

On Aug. 16, 2008, sisters Virgie (Hernandez) Riley and Ruby (Hernandez) Foster will celebrate 50 years of marriage to their husbands, Ted Riley and LeRoy Foster.

Virgie and Ted Riley met in 1957 in Bagdad, Ariz. Ted worked for at the local service station and would take his breaks at the Spudnut across the street where Virgie worked. Ted is very grateful that he asked his buddy, Robert Gray, to introduce him to Virgie as he was getting tired of drinking so many root beers. The couple married the following year on Aug. 11, 1958, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ted was raised in Kansas and Nebraska and in 1954 joined the Army. He served from 1954 to 1957 at Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Fort Belvoir, Va. The last 27 months of his tour he was stationed in Manheim, Germany. Once discharged from the army, Ted moved to Bagdad where he worked for his uncle, Dick Pinney, for a time. Eventually, he went to work for the Bagdad Copper Co. and stayed on for 34 years until his retirement as mill maintenance supervisor.

Virgie was born and raised in Bagdad for most of her life. Her family moved to Prescott for a short time, then returned to Bagdad where she would become one of the top Avon sales representatives in her district. Though Ted retired and the couple moved to Wilhoit, Ariz., Virgie has been working for Avon for 36 years and is still going strong.

Virgie and Ted have one son and daughter-in-law, David (who works for the mine in Morenci) and Rene Riley, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Ruby and LeRoy Foster met in 1957 in Bagdad, Ariz. LeRoy worked at the Spudnut with Ruby's sister, Virgie, who subsequently introduced them. As LeRoy was on a break having a hamburger and coke, he offered Ruby a bite of his burger. She declined but said she would like a sip of his coke. She jokes that little did he know, that sip of Coke meant he would support her for the rest of his life. The couple married the following year on Sept. 6, 1958, in Bagdad. Virgie and Ted Riley stood beside them as Matron of Honor and Best Man. Ruby and LeRoy spent their honeymoon at The Grand Canyon.

LeRoy was born in Kansas but moved to Arizona as a boy. Before moving to Bagdad, he had worked at the sawmill in Camp Wood, Ariz. After eight months working at the Spudnut, LeRoy was hired on with the Bagdad Copper Co., where he worked for 37 years until his retirement as a mine supervisor. LeRoy was drafted into the Army in November of 1961, where he spent two years stationed at Fort Ord, Calif. Ruby joined him in June of 1962, where the couple made their home in Seaside, Calif. Their only daughter, Ginny (now a teacher in Palm Desert, Calif.), was born at Fort Ord on Aug. 15, 1963, and the couple returned home to Bagdad following LeRoy's discharge in November of that same year.

Ruby was born in Congress, Ariz., but was raised primarily in Bagdad and Prescott. She is a graduate of Bagdad High School where she was honored in 1958 as the Annual Queen. Ruby was a top sales rep for Avon for 20 years and still enjoys helping her sister, Virgie, with her Avon route when she can. Upon LeRoy's retirement, the couple made their home in Wilhoit, Ariz.

Both couples will be joined by family and friends from all over the state and country in a grand "golden" celebration on Aug. 16, 2008.

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