Union Democrat staff

Lifelong Tuolumne County residents Louis “Babe” and Ruby Bucci celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on Aug. 10.

Babe and Ruby, both Sonora natives, were introduced at the lower Save Mart on Stockton Road in Sonora by their friend, Delbert Rotelli, when Ruby was 13 and Babe was 17. They were married in Reno, Nevada, on Aug. 10, 1951, which was Babe’s 22nd birthday. Ruby was 18 years old.

Babe served in the National Guard for nine years and also worked for the Pickering Lumber Co., and for the U.S. Forest Service as a firefighter.

Ruby was a homemaker and stayed home to raise the couple’s four children, Christine “Chris” Thurston, Louis “Tony” Bucci and John “Joe” Bucci, all of Sonora, and DeAnna Armario, now of Pleasanton. The couple also has eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Ruby’s family says they have always been “everything” to her. She was one of 11 girls in her own family.

Babe’s hobbies through the years have included gardening, fishing, hunting, camping and putting up olives, peppers and basil.

The couple’s grandchildren, Casey and Brian Townsend and Rod and Kacy Diehl, hosted a garden party attended by about 50 guests. Their grandson, Rod, made the cake with the help of Kaylie and Kodie Townsend and Regan, Ryder and Tanner Diehl.

Ruby’s secret to a long marriage: “Just agree with your husband and you’ll never fight.