Originally Published: August 29, 2015 11:04 p.m.
Shirley and Max Kearley of Prescott, Arizona were married 76 years, ago on Sept. 2, 1939 in the First Baptist Church in Compton, California. They met at a Christmas Eve church social in 1938.
Max served in the U.S. Navy for two years during WWII and, in 1947, the couple relocated to Prescott where they owned and operated the Hassayampa Court (motel) for many years. Max was a building contractor and Shirley was a mother and homemaker while helping Max with the business. In addition to many homes in Prescott, Max was the general contractor for the current sanctuary of First Baptist Church in downtown Prescott.
They have three children, Gary of Big Bear, California, Susan (Gene) Wussow of Scottsdale, Arizona and Dale (deceased in 2009). They have six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.