Joline and Sherman Terry celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their Canyon Lake home last weekend with friends, fine food and music provided by jazz pianist Keith Droste of The Merc in Old Town Temecula.
Joline and Sherman met at Occidental Life Insu
rance Co. in downtown Los Angeles in May 1955. Asked what she liked about Sherman when they met, Joline quips, “His posture was great and he liked blonds.” They were married in Yuma, Arizona a year later on May 12, 1956.
After they were married, they continued working at Occidental Life Insurance, Sherman as a data processor and Joline as a cashier. They lived in an apartment in Alhambra but later resided in Azusa, Glendora and Alta Loma. Sherman got a job with Medtronic in Orange County and Joline worked for the San Bernardino School District for 15 years. They had three sons: Scott, Art and Jay.
Asked about what they enjoyed doing together, Joline says, “The river, the river, the river!” – meaning, of course, the Colorado River, where they loved to water ski.
They learned about Canyon Lake and decided to move here in 1998 because of their grandchildren. They have four: Cassidy, Cody, Wesley and Priscilla.
After moving here, Sherman worked for Canyon Lake Marine Patrol for 11 years. He now is involved in the Canyon Lake Car Club and loves fishing. Joline is an active member of the Canyon Lake Choraleers and the Elsinore 1st Lutheran Church Choir.
Joline says their marriage has survived because they have been considerate of each other and willing to make adjustments – and because she made him “lots of good food,” and he let her have her way.