Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night …
Love arrived via the postal service for Clarence and Carol Olivas, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 28 with close friends, Gene and Gayle Ross and Rosalee Olson, at a local restaurant. A larger celebration is planned in September in Southern California. The Olivases were married July 28, 1956, in St. Peter’s Catholic Church at Lemore, Calif.
Clarence was a mail carrier in Lemore when Carol Lewis and her family moved there from Tennessee in 1954. Carol became acquainted with the handsome postman when he delivered letters to her home from former boyfriends – and their friendship blossomed. Clarence continued to deliver the mail for 30 years and they both had foster and day care licenses.
Following Clarence’s retirement on Aug. 8, 1980, the couple moved to South Lake Tahoe, where they managed a motel the first year. Clarence worked for Caesars Tahoe for nine years and Carol was employed at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, both in customer service.
Clarence is a veteran of World War II and was stationed in Europe from 1943 to 1944, where he drove big equipment. He was an Army tech corporal in ordinance and served in Gen. Patton’s 3rd Army. Clarence and Carol are both active volunteers with American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars as well as St. Theresa Catholic Church and Christmas Cheer.
The Olivases are the parents of two children, Anthony and Amy. Anthony is single and lives at home, while Amy is married to Benjamin Zeppa and resides in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. The Zeppas are parents of twin sons, Benjamin Joseph and Justin Thomas.
The family will gather in Southern California in September to celebrate the twin’s second birthday, which is Sept. 15, and their baptism as well as the Olivases’ golden wedding anniversary.
In answer to the question of why they think their marriage has lasted 50 years, Carol said, “Because Clarence is a wonderful, caring person with good character and morals.” Clarence said, “Because I let Carol be the boss.”