Part of Burbank High's Drill Team, 1967-68. Can you find Becky May?

Burbank High’s Drill Team, 1967-68. Can you find Becky May?

Lately our BHS’68 classmate Mike Katzman has shared his experiences on Facebook about senior dating sites (that’s reason for another post!) but we recently heard from Rebecca (Becky) May Firkins (BHS’68) who married a younger man! She and her husband Ray Firkins (BHS’75) are about to celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary, and live in Bakersfield, CA.

Becky May, 1968

Becky May, 1968

Becky was in the Burbank High Drill Team and dated a football player, Sean Largey, through most of high school. She went to college directly out of high school and met her first husband. She writes: We were married 10 years and had our son, Guy. After my divorce I finished college and started working in the Radiology department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. I worked there for 8 years until I met and married my husband Ray. He was an Air Traffic Controller and was assigned to Prescott, Arizona. He also graduated from Burbank High School, but in 1975. That is right! I married a younger man….and it’s wonderful!

They lived in Arizona for about two years, then Ray transferred back to California, but to Bakersfield. After working for 38 years as a X-ray technologist, Becky just retired a year ago in January 2016.  She and her husband have bought an RV and are getting ready to move to Austin, TX to be near friends and family. She likes to read, sew and crochet, and travel —she and her husband have driven all over the continental United States four or five times. They also drove up to the Canadian Rockies and across Canada to Vancouver and back down the coast. They even drove all over Great Britain and Scotland—where you drive on the wrong side of the road! Other trips have taken them to Virginia, the Great Smoky Mountains and down Florida to Key West.

I was excited to see that she and Ray were married in Hawaii, where they also drove all over the islands.

Becky says, “I have been following your Blog for several years and have enjoyed hearing about everyone’s lives, post-Burbank High School.”

Becky and Ray at a firehouse in Boston, MA.

Becky and Ray at a firehouse in Boston, MA.

About Katherine Crosier

I am an organist in Honolulu—a rare breed of folks who play the King of Instruments! Through stories, photos, and videos, this blog is a diary of my musical journey ... and my family just groans!

5 responses »

  1. cynthiac2017 says:

    It’s so great to see all these updates, Kathy. Thank you.

  2. Gail says:

    Great to get an update on Becky,.

  3. Gail says:

    We were best friends in h.s. Thanks for posting.

  4. Suzanne Lane Tondre says:

    I just found this article and I remember Ray from BHS – he was a real sweetheart. I wonder if he remembers when he had a broken jaw in the 10th grade? Or that we met in Mrs. Ballantyne’s English class? My husband and I also got married in
    Hawaii ( Maui), and I wish both of you all the best!

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