The children of Robert and Barbara Dye of Fort Gibson are pleased to announce their parents’ 67th wedding anniversary. Family from three states came together in Sedona, Ariz., to celebrate. The celebration consisted of a weekend basked in family love and fond remembrances. Highlights of the celebration included a formal dinner at Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano, and a performance by Vismaya Hagelberg, Bob and Barbara’s daughter-in-law, of her soon to be premiered one-woman musical play, “Songs from My Red Suitcase.”
Bob and Barbara met on a bus in Okmulgee on May 14, 1943. Bob was on his to way to Fort Sill, to start his Army service. Barbara was 15 and on her way to visit her sister in Oklahoma City. When Barbara entered the bus there were only two vacant seats, across the aisle from each other. “I chose to sit next to the very handsome, 18-year-old Army recruit,” she said. “Little did I know, that this man would be proposing to me in the future. Later, I learned that before I got on the bus there were two empty seats across the aisle. But, the young recruit sitting next to Bob, decided to move over to the other side so that I would have to sit by one of them.” Cupid intervened when the 2 1/2 hour bus trip was delayed several hours by mechanical problems, giving Bob and Barbara just enough time to know they wanted to keep in touch. They exchanged addresses and wrote to each for the duration of the war while Bob was serving in the South Pacific. Bob was shipped overseas after basic training, so they didn’t see each other again until December 26, 1945. They married exactly one month later on January 26, 1946.
God has blessed Bob and Barbara with five children and their spouses. Diana and John Lawson; Bob and Patty Dye; John and Vismaya Hagelberg Dye; Jim and Shannon Dye; and Dennis and Eva Dye. They are also blessed with 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.