‘Getting on with life’ the secret to long, happy marriage

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Love has lasted through ups and downs for two Oamaru residents who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary yesterday.

Ray and Shona Ward were married on December 5, 1953 in Waimate and have lived in the Waitaki Valley most of their lives.

In 1970, they moved to Kakanui then to Oamaru in 1987 and have been here ever since.

Mrs Ward said she did not have a clue what the secret to their marriage lasting so long was.

“It’s just crept up on us really fast.”

Being together was a part of their life; they made the most of it and there were lots of moments that were really nice, she said.

“We have had our ups and downs.”

They met at a dance in Waimate in 1952 and were married at St Augustine’s Church in Waimate in 1953, she said.

Their children had organised a celebration for them for tomorrow, which they knew nothing about, except that some of their friends had been invited, Mrs Ward said.

Mr Ward said they went to two or three dances together and one time he walked for miles just to get to the dance and meet her.

The secret to their marriage was just getting on with life, he said.

“We just pushed on with our lives and family and did what we wanted to do.”

They had four children, a son and three daughters. Their son lives in Dunedin, one daughter was in Christchurch, another daughter in Blenheim and the other in Australia.

By RUBY HARFIELD