Fire­cracker sparked ro­mance

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

A fire­cracker lit­er­ally lit up a ro­mance be­tween Corowa’s Jim and Elaine Oxlee who are cel­e­brat­ing 64 years of wed­ded bliss.

The mile­stone was cel­e­brated with a mu­sic per­for­mance and af­ter­noon tea among fam­ily and res­i­dents at Karinya House on Tuesday, Septem­ber 26.

The cou­ple’s daugh­ter Sharon and son Michael ex­plained how their par­ents first met.

“Dad’s known to be a bit of a lar­rikin and he was stay­ing at a guest house in Marysville one day when he first saw mum and he threw a fire­cracker un­der a din­ing table to get her at­ten­tion,” Michael said. “It worked be­cause here we are to­day.” The cou­ple have an­other son, Ron, who lives in Coffs Har­bour.

Mr and Mrs Oxlee were mar­ried at Our Lady’s Catholic Church in Ring­wood, Vic­to­ria on Septem­ber 26, 1953.

The cou­ple lived in Ring­wood then built a home at Li­ly­dale, Vic­to­ria.

They had their chil­dren and later moved to Corowa for a qui­eter life in 1980.

The beau­ti­ful cou­ple have 11 grand­chil­dren and 22 great grand­chil­dren and their son Michael shared with the Free Press his par­ent’s se­cret of mak­ing their mar­riage work for 64 years.

“They al­ways say take one day at a time and have a lot of re­spect for one an­other,” he said.

The Oxlee fam­ily thanked Karinya for host­ing a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion in hon­our of Mr and Mrs Oxlee’s an­niver­sary.

“We would like to thank ev­ery­one for shar­ing the af­ter­noon with them,” Sharon said.

“A spe­cial thanks to Kay­lene Katzer for her singing and also thanks to Bar­bara Robin­son and all her staff for the won­der­ful care and sup­port they pro­vide to Elaine and Jim.”

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