Bea and Cruz Chavez celebrate 50 years together

Beatrice "Bea" and Cruz Chavez are renewing their wedding vows Saturday, June 13, in Clarkdale to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Bea was born to a mining family in Jerome but moved to Miami, Ariz., when the Jerome mine closed in 1953. She attended Miami High School and graduated in 1955 and then attended a beauty school to become a hair dresser. It was in Globe, where she worked at the time, that she met Cruz who was working in car sales.

Bea and Cruz returned to Jerome in 1960 and lived with parents until they moved to their "company house" in Clarkdale on 2nd Street. They have now lived there for 43 years.

Bea originally worked for Fairway Foods in Clarkdale and Cruz got a job at Cottonwood Lumber in Old Town Cottonwood. He later worked for the Clarkdale-Jerome School for 20 years.

Bea, a skilled craftswoman, was among the founders of El Valle Artists Assn..

Cruz is 77 and Bea 72. They have six children, 25-grand-children and 20-great-grandchildren.

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