James and Naomi Roby of Medford celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary April 13 with an open house at the Medford home of their son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Sue Roby.
The event, with 15-20 guests attending, was hosted by their son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Sue Roby of Medford, and their daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Tom Bell of Medford. There was finger food, a cake, a band and dancing.
James and Naomi Roby were married April 14, 1948. They moved to California from Missouri after their marriage.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, they co-owned and operated a Chevron station with Naomi's sister, Louise, and her husband, Oren, for 25 years, and then retired. Jim touched many lives while they lived there and was well-known for old-fashioned "full service" to his customers, serving them as he would have wanted to be served.
In December 1997 they moved to Medford to be close to their son, Gary, and his family, and their sister and brother-in-law, Oren and Louise Bailes, who lived nearby in Central Point.
In 2001, Jim took over the volunteer position of bingo manager at the Medford Senior Center. It keeps him busy and is something he really enjoys.
Jim and Naomi enjoy many activities at the Senior Center including bingo, music, the food and the company. As a Christian man, Jim enjoys helping people and is well-liked by everyone.
In 2003, their daughter Ellen and her husband, Tom, moved to Medford, so the Robys are now close to their children and able to see their grandchildren and great-grandchildren often.
In 2006, the Robys moved into an apartment adjoining their son's home. Family has always been very important to Jim and Naomi and this allows them to spend more time with their children and give them help when they need it.
Jim and Naomi have two children, Gary Roby and Ellen Bell, both of Medford. Their daughter, Robin Henagin, died in 2003.
They also have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.