TORRESES CELEBRATE 60th ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Torres of Socorro celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 9 by renewing their vows at the 5 p.m. Mass at San Miguel Church, followed by a family dinner at El Sombrero Restaurant.
Church priest Father Andy Pavlak presided over as the couple renewed the vows first taken at the Catholic Church in Belen on Oct. 7, 1950, between Lawrence Torres, son of Estevan and Petrita Torres of Socorro; and the former Mary Cordova, daughter of Jose Dolores and Josefa (Baca) Cordova of Jarales and the youngest of 11 children.
Even so, Mary’s mother accompanied her daughter to the dance at Tabet’s dance hall where the couple first met in 1947. Dances were a popular meeting place back then, as the country moved into a post-war society. Admission to the Saturday night dances was a dollar.
They did not see each other until the church fiestas the following year. The young couple danced together all evening, and Torres asked if he could take Miss Cordova home that night, but her mother said no.
Nonetheless, they saw each other as often as they could over the next two years until their marriage.
Torres joined his father in business after his return stateside in 1946, following wartime duty with the U.S. Armed Services. Estevan Torres, a former Socorro County Clerk, was active in politics at the time. He owned a small bar on the Plaza and later opened Steve’s Chevron Station and El Camino Motel on California Street.
Today, a third generation of the Torres family owns and operates several local businesses, including Econo Lodge and Randy’s Ace Hardware, where the station once stood and where Lawrence can be seen behind the counter on many a morning.
Mary is revered by her family for the weeks she spends cooking for Christmas, turning out her famous chile rellenos, carne enchiladas and homemade tortillas and bread.
What’s their secret to a long and successful marriage?
“Lots of patience,” said Mary with a laugh. “And don’t take sides when it comes to raising kids; parents have to support each other.”
Following Torres’s retirement in 1982, the couple spent two months in Europe, just as they had done in 1977 to celebrate the high school graduation of their youngest child and only daughter, Arlene. Their sons are Lawrence Torres Jr. (Larry) of Vancouver, Wash.; Richard (Dickie) Torres and wife, Victoria, and Randy Torres and wife, Kay, all of Socorro.
Their four children hosted the dinner party at El Sombrero, where 25 family members toasted the anniversary couple with personal anecdotes, and cheered as the Torreses cut into a three-layer cake with gold and silver accents. It was a scaled-down version of their golden anniversary blowout at Macey Center in 2000.
Among those traveling to Socorro for the event were Larry, daughters Chastity, her husband and two children from Atlanta, Ga., and Lauren Torres of San Diego; Arlene Warden and John Fritz of Corpus Christi, Texas, and her daughters, Jamie Warden of Phoenix, and Jessica Warden of Albuquerque.
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