Couple in love for 66 years
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.
STILL IN LOVE: Jean and Gordon Maynard celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on June 3.