Cou­ple in love for 66 years

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Kaylee Allen News­pa­per in­tern

AF­TER 66 years of mar­riage, Jean May­nard still “couldn’t have asked for any­one bet­ter” than her hus­band Gor­don.

The happy cou­ple cel­e­brated the mile­stone event in June with all their friends and fam­ily.

Gor­don May­nard and Jean Roth met while on a train to Gatton in early 1947 and it was love at first sight; they were en­gaged in Au­gust 1947.

Jean and Gor­don were mar­ried in St Andrew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church in Monto on June 3, 1948 in a dou­ble wed­ding with Jean’s sis­ter May and her hus­band Terry Taske.

Both fam­i­lies had farmed in the Monto district for years; Jean’s fam­ily moved to Bukali, 1929, and Gor­don’s to Moon­ford in 1933.

Jean said Gor­don used to ride his push­bike 10 miles just to visit her.

“He must have re­ally liked me a lot,” Jean said.

The pair bought their first home in Wheat­ley St, Monto, where their first two chil­dren, Ken and Kaye, were born.

In Oc­to­ber of 1953 the cou­ple moved to Glen Ian, Moon­ford, where Gor­don worked in a part­ner­ship with his brother Ernie.

They had their fi­nal child, Gail, on the farm.

Jean was shocked to find the Queen, and politi­cians Jeff Seeney, Ken O’Dowd and Peter Cos­grove all sent words of con­grat­u­la­tions on the big day.

Jean said Gor­don has al­ways been a won­der­ful hus­band and fa­ther.

“He tells me he still thinks I’m the best too!” Jean said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

STILL IN LOVE: Jean and Gor­don May­nard cel­e­brated their 66th wed­ding an­niver­sary on June 3.

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