Gordon and Erma Layton of Central Point celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 11, 2015.
They were married June 11, 1955, at Medford Church of Christ. They remember times being different on their wedding day; for example, a friend of theirs who was a police officer for the city of Medford escorted them out of town with lights flashing and sirens blaring.
The two met when Erma was a waitress on the graveyard shift at Bateman's Cafe when Gordon came in for coffee. Gordon joked that Erma didn't marry him for his car, because on their first date, he picked up Erma in a 1940 Ford that had its rear seat removed to accommodate hunting dogs.
Gordon worked as a lineman for Pacific Power and Light for 40 years. In his free time he enjoys golf, with the goal of "shooting his age." Erma worked for Southern Oregon Goodwill for a number of years, but most of her efforts were focused on tending to their home, where her family considered her a "domestic goddess."
They plan to celebrate their anniversary with a family dinner in Medford, and another in Elk Grove, Calif., to accommodate family in that area. The Laytons have four children, Jill Monroe, Jann Stevens, Randy and Jill Layton, all of Central Point, and Rick and Debbie Layton of Elk Grove. Grandchildren include Zane and Tate Stevens, Madison, Cassiday and Parker Layton, and Jordan and Andy Monroe, all of Central Point; Erica and Matt Gonzales of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Jennifer Layton and Brian Kniveton of Sacramento.