Originally Published: January 31, 2009 10:30 p.m.
Jim and Freda Jeffries met in College Park, Md., when Freda left her hometown, Salamanca, N.Y., and her job with the State of New York, Allegany State Park Commission, for a new job with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Investigative Division) in Washington, D.C. Jim lived with the family of her new roommate's fiancé and Freda was invited to supper on her first night in town. They married at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in College Park on Feb. 7, 1959.
Freda took a few years off to raise their children, Mary (Porter), Martin, John, James, Jr., Tom, and Theresa (Teri Bradshaw), and went back to work with the Prince George's County police department as a school crossing guard, after first going through military traffic control training.
It was a stressful decision in 1974 for Jim to resign from a 20-year job with Stone Industrial Corporation (later Stonized) in College Park, sell their home, and head with his family from the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C., for the small development of Prescott Valley, Ariz. Soon after arriving, he was hired by U. S. Electrical Motors, and later by the City of Prescott as an airport operations specialist. He retired in 1999.
Freda worked several years at the VA
Medical Center before transferring to the Federal Aviation Administration's Automated Flight Service Station and later to the Air Traffic Control Tower, from which she retired in 2002.
Both were involved in the formation of St. Germaine parish, and Jim is an active member of St. Vincent de Paul. Both are also volunteers in their new Prescott Valley community, the Villages at Lynx Creek, and enjoy sharing the lives of Valerye, Danica, Gabby and Jasmine Jeffries, Kevin and Katie Porter, and Peyton and Bridget Bradshaw.
A celebration of their anniversary will take place Feb. 8 at the Villages of Lynx Creek. In June, a family gathering will be in Laughlin, Nev., at which time the rest of the grandchildren, Aric and Christyn (Susanville, Calif.) and Josiah, Caleb, John, Christopher and Jessie (Lexington, S.C.) will be able to join the relatives in the West.