Issue date: September 08, 1999

Golden wedding anniversary: McQuarries find prescription for long, happy marriage Golden wedding anniversary: McQuarries find prescription for long, happy marriage (September 08, 1999)

They met at an ice rink in Canada where he was an avid hockey player and she was a figure skater. On September 12, Gloria and Duncan McQuarrie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in Menlo Park, where they owned and operated McQuarries Pharmacy for 45 years.

The McQuarries were married at the chapel of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver in 1949. One year later they moved to California so Mr. McQuarrie could attend the University of Southern California where he received his master's degree in chemistry and studied to become a pharmacist.

In 1953 they opened McQuarries' Pharmacy on the Alamada de las Pulgas. Until they were able to afford more help, Mr. McQuarrie filled the prescriptions and Mrs. McQuarrie delivered them to customers in the family Buick with her small children in tow. The pharmacy was open every day of the year until 1998 when the McQuarries retired.

The McQuarries recently returned from a reunion of 97 family members at Griffin Valley Ranch in Calgary, Canada. The 6,500-acre ranch is operated by Mr. McQuarrie's older brother, Donald. All four McQuarrie children: Duncan Jr. of Winter Park, Florida; Sally Stiles of Menlo Park, Kellie Petrillo of Capistrano Beach, and Patricia Wilson of Highland Park, Illinois, attended the reunion, along with six grandchildren.

While in Canada, Mrs. McQuarrie and her daughters traveled to Bowden, a town founded by her great-grandfather, James Fletcher.

Mr. McQuarrie, who grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, is spending much of his retirement gardening, growing heritage tomatoes, Halloween pumpkins and flowers. He has crops in four Menlo Park locations and at the family's 15-acre vacation home in the Santa Cruz mountains. He also chops firewood and delivers it to selected friends.

Both Duncan and Gloria swim every day at Ladera Oaks Swim and Tennis Club. They are planning an Alaskan cruise to celebrate their anniversary.




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