Dr. J.O. "Rocky" Maynes Jr. and Beki Sigworth-Maynes of Glendale celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 22 with family and close friends at their home in Glendale. The couple was married Jan. 19, 1952 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tempe.
Rocky moved to Arizona as a child after being born in El Paso, Texas. Beki was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.
They have 10 children: Jay Maynes (Rose); Robin Maynes (Perla); Christopher Maynes (Annette); Gina Maynes-Murren (Dennis); Bridget Maynes-Mendoza (Auggie); Fritz Maynes (Missy); Vito Maynes (Melody); Ingrid Maynes-Robinett (Jim); Claudia Maynes-Burkland (Bob); and Kristin Maynes-Dale.
"Poppy" and "Amma" also have 30 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Rocky was Director of Migrant Child Education for the State of Arizona when he retired in 1990. He spent many years teaching high school, including at Glendale High, and at the college level before accepting a position with the state. His values on the importance of a good education helped shape the lives of their children, a passion he still shares with others today.
Beki was the president for many years of the Glendale Woman's Club and the Glendale Historical Society, all the while being omnipresent in their 10 children's lives. Beki enjoys talking about growing up on a farm in Glendale and her Daddy's Gila Monster Derby event at the Glendale Rodeo. Beki always found time to help with homework, attend that game, or nurse a knocked out tooth. She never found time to complain and has yet to retire.
Rocky and Beki met at Arizona State College (now ASU). Rocky was working on his education and language studies while Beki was attending on a music scholarship with an emphasis on piano performance.
Beki was familiar with Oscar Wilde literature, but never dreamed she would meet an ideal husband so soon after entering college. Rocky's command of Swing and the agreement that they would have as many children as God allowed them is why Beki said, "I do."
The devoted parents enjoy nights out with their children and hosting large family gatherings, keeping them very busy.