Wedding vows renewed

February 10, 2009 4:39:08 PM PST
They've known married life for decades and a few days before Valentine's Day, some couples declared their undying love once again.

It was a day reminiscent of their wedding days so many years ago. Seven couples renewed their vows Tuesday before friends and family at Wesley Enhanced Living at Maple Village in an early Valentine's Day celebration.

Their total years of wedded bliss are nearly 370. Betty and Howard Schmidt have been married for 67 years and still enjoy holding hands.

Elinore and Elmer Smith are married 56 years and said in that time they had almost every meal together with few exceptions.

"Once in awhile I go out to lunch with my friends and so forth but yes basically we have we're together all the time," said Elinore.

They were dressed to the nines and still had a sparkle in their eyes as they held hands and touched the wedding bands they've worn for so long. Afterward they shared their recipe for a successful marriage.

"You can't always have your own way you have to compromise," said Arlita Sugden, married 64-years.

"Whenever we can help each other, we do, good times and bad," said Helen Kraft, married 52-years.

Her husband Philip joked, "In another 52-years I'll be ready to try again."

"Having fun good times, there have been ups and downs, we weather the storms," said Bill Sickel, married 51 years.

His wife Janet replied, "It's been great it's been good." Before being treated to dinner the happy couples took to the dance floor. They may not be as fast as they once were but they said their love is stronger than ever.

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