|Garland (Elaine) Maynard|
Married Name: Moore
4762 Innwood Court
Years in current home: 42
Midland until 1970 when we moved to Concord,California leaving behind only the snow shovel.
Marital status: Married
Spouse's Name: Norman C. Moore (Chris)
How I met my spouse:
At a dance sponsored by the YBPG (Young Peoples Business Group). Our first date was a hay ride (also sponsored by the YBPG)complete with bonfire and sing along.
Years married: 42
Children's Names: Gary and David
Children's Ages: 48 and 45.
Information about children:
Both sons from a previous marriage were legally adopted by my husband when they were ages 7 and 4. Gary lives in a suburb of Salt Lake City with his wife, Yvonne. They have no children. Gary is an electronics technician and has worked for various companies including Sprint. David is a heavy equipment mechanic working on major construction projects (highways, airport runway expansions and mass transit). David lives in Madera, California with his wife, Erica.
Infomation about grandchildren:
Our only grand child, Philip, is 23 and lives in Madera, California.
Retired June 2010 after 40 years of service with Wells Fargo Bank.
Worked for Dow Chemical Company (2030 Building) as an administrative assistant for approximately one year before leaving because my husband, who also worked for Dow, was transferring to the Western Division in Pittsburg, California. I interviewed for a position opening new accounts at the Wells Fargo Bank Concord branch on our house hunting trip and was hired. After working at the branch for approximately a year, I took a position as an administrative assistant in the bank's appraisal department. I liked the work and asked, "Is there any reason why a woman can't be an appraiser?" Long story short, after attending Diablo Valley College at night, I received a Certificate of Achievement in Real Estate (30 units) and became Wells Fargo Bank's first woman real estate appraiser. My office, located in Concord, was very convenient when my children were young. After appraising both residential and commercial properties for a number of years, I accepted a position with the bank in San Francisco as a Loan Administrator documenting and disbursing major construction loans and, subsequently, was promoted to Loan Administration Manager. After that, I took a position as a Real Estate Asset Manager and was promoted to Assistant Vice President and later to Vice President. As a Real Estate Asset Manager, it was my responsibility to manage and liquidate a diverse portfolio of bank-owned assets including apartment projects, shopping centers, office buildings and mini-storage facilities in various states throughout the U.S. When I retired and left my office in San Francisco for the last time, I felt satisfied that I had done my very best during my 40 years of service to my company.
My husband and I have traveled to England where we visited among various sites - Windsor Castle, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court, Stonehenge and Bath. We also have traveled to France where we visited the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the palace of Versailles, chateaux in the Loire Valley and Giverny, the home of Claude Monet and the Water Lilies.
We have been to the Yucatan in Mexico staying in the old Mexican city of Merida, taking day trips to the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and Uxmal and then to Cancun for sun and fun before returning home. We have also taken a cruise to the Mexican Riviera stopping in Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. We also visited the Hawaiian Islands twice.
We have been to Las Vegas staying at the Venetian (we rode on the gondola), the Rio (we saw an exhibit from the Romanov dynasty) and last year we stayed at the Encore for my 67th birthday and took a helicopter with two other couples landing on the floor of the Grand Canyon. We were able to stay there for about a half an hour and had a picnic lunch including champagne.
Interests, hobbies, and pastimes:
I am an animal lover and support such organizations as the US Humane Society and the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, California. We have had a number of pets, both dogs and cats, throughout the years. We lost our last little dog, a Maltese, a year ago to cancer. We did everything possible to save her including taking her to the UC Davis Veterinary Center for treatment. It wasn't to be. We lost her at age 11. There is a commemorative stone in our garden that says, "If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever."
Along with animals, I enjoy the birds and keep the feeders full for the hummingbirds, doves, sparrows, red finches, gold finches and, of course, the nonbird squirrels that love the feeders too.
I also enjoy our rose garden. Before we retired, we planted David Austin roses that are the old English variety that have the wonderful rose fragrance.
Staying healthy and strong is high on my interest list. I walk 45 minutes in the morning five days of the week. I like listening to music as I walk and boogy down the sidewalk to such tunes as Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll."
Having it all. I had a successful career, raised two sons who are both happy in their careers and marriages and have been happily married to my husband, partner and soul mate for 42 years.
Favorite memory of MHS:
Attending all the home football games, basketball games and concerts as a member of the Ushers Club.
Momento to remind you of 1962:
Class ring and Chemic 1962 yearbook.
Biggest lesson learned:
When things happen, they happen for a reason.
Closest friends in 1962:
My best friend was Susan McClain. She is among the list of Missing Classmates. We lost touch after we graduated and I left Midland to attend college at Ferris State. Susan, where are you?
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