SLV natives publish 1960’s memoir


VALLEY – Former San Luis Valley residents Ann and Terry Marshall’s newly published memoir, “A Rendezvous to Remember,” “is an extended road trip, a rollicking adventure, and, above all, a love story you’ll never forget,” so writes Hope Edelman, the New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of “Motherless Daughters.”

The seeds for this adventure-turned-love-story sprouted after high school seniors Terry Marshall (Center) and Ann Garretson (Alamosa) won paid trips to represent Colorado at the national Ford Teenage Press conference 60-plus years ago — then became best friends as journalism students at the University of Colorado.

Their long careers as writers, activists, and international travelers included two stints in Terry’s hometown of Center, where he served as Head Start director, and Ann as Saguache County Medical Center deputy director, among other jobs.

Most recently, the couple turned their attention to nonfiction storytelling, starting with “A Rendezvous to Remember,” which documents their rocky road to marriage.

The Midwest Book Review says of their memoir, “The story transcends personal autobiography alone, charting the course of not just two disparate lives, but a nation.”

Samantha Vérant, author of “Seven Letters from Paris,” notes, “Garretson and Marshall reach right into the heart of this beautifully written memoir. This is a story about what it means to be human . . . The dueling narrative is stunning, surprising, and inspiring. I sobbed at the end, knowing the right choices were made, and I applaud the authors for their honesty.”