Broken Hill locals Mary and Ramon Ware are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary next week and they say love is still in the air after living their entire lives together in the Silver City.
With three children and 10 grandchildren all living in other regions, the couple, now in their early 90s, say the secret to a long, happy marriage is love, respect and honesty.
“I met Ramon on April 9 when I was on holidays in Adelaide and then he came to see my brother in Broken Hill where I was born and bred,” said Mrs Ware. “We got engaged on June 16 and married on February 20 in 1954 – 70 years next Tuesday.”
“He says he saw me on the corner where the ANZ is now, and he knew he was going to marry me. I hadn’t even met him at that stage,” she laughed.
“We’ve lived in this house for 67 years. I worked at St Vinnies for 18 years and Ray worked as an electrical engineer on the mines. We used to water ski out on the lakes, so we’ve lived a very full life in Broken Hill,” Mrs Ware said.
“I’m very quick tempered and he’s very docile so he always gave me some time to calm down. People who say they don’t argue are telling lies, I think. Love, respect, and honesty is key.
“There’s nothing wrong with living as ‘partners’ but we liked being married. We’re lucky. We had our ups and downs, but we worked through everything,” she said.
“She’s been a good wife, so far,” smiled Mr Ware.
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