Clayton and Barbara Blood celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Jan. 30. High school sweethearts, Barbara Myrick married Clayton at a small ceremony in Unity in 1952. Their family recognized this milestone and celebrated their 80th birthdays at a party in October. Among the many cards, were letters of congratulations from U.S. Sens. Olympia Snow and Susan Collins.

They have lived in Searsport for almost 50 years. A large part of their lives has centered around the Congregational Church where they both have served as deacons and Barbara has sung in the choir. Education has also been a cornerstone as they both taught adult education and Clayton served as an administrator at Searsport High School and as a consultant for the Maine Department of Education. Perhaps it is no coincidence that all three of their children are teachers. Their oldest daughter, Jennifer and her husband Pat Garrett have two daughters, Michaela and Brianna. Babette and her husband, Derwin White have two sons, Matt and Ben. Their son, Clayton Jr. and his wife, Kim have two children, Jenna and Cameron. Grandson, Matt, and his wife Avery gave them their first great-grandchild, with the birth of their son, Carter Clayton last year.

Both Barbara and Clayton were athletes at Unity High School. They enjoy watching the Celtics on television, and Clayton is a big fan of University of Maine, Orono baseball and he and his brother Stan attend as many University of Maine, Orono hockey games as they can. Thanks to the computer, they can follow the athletic events of their grandchildren, even when they can’t be there in person.

While many retirees yearn to travel the globe, they are happiest at home. Barbara plays the piano and loves to read, and Clayton is an avid gardener. They grow enough to give to their family and put up many batches of pickles and relishes.

Through the joys and challenges of being married for 60 years, they have maintained mutual respect, caring , a sense of humor, and a deep commitment to each other and their family.