Another milestone for love
Having fun, communicating and doing everything together as a family was the recipe for a long and successful marriage, says Cromwell couple Thelma and Mauri Mellor. And they should know – they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary earlier this month. The couple met at a tavern in Dunedin, where Mr Mellor worked part-time as a barman. He introduced himself to his wifeto-be, took her out for a dance and the rest, as they say, is history. Sharing a love of sport, the couple went to many rugby games and boxing matches while they were courting, passing on their passion for sport to their five children. The couple were married in Nightcaps, where Mrs Mellor was from, spending time there before moving back to Dunedin where they both worked at the Bayview Hotel. After three years, they returned to Nightcaps, where Mr Mellor worked in the mines for 28 years. They then moved to Arrowtown, where they lived for 32 years, both taking an active part in the small community. Mr Mellor was a member of the Arrowtown Fire Brigade, along with two of his sons and his sonin-law, who was the fire chief. ‘‘There was always a dash to the door when the siren went off,’’ Mrs Mellor said. And she kept herself busy too – fundraising for the local netball club and helping get the women’s bowling club running after it had gone into recess. The couple then moved to Cromwell. ‘‘People are always smiling and they stop and talk to you up town even if they don’t know you,’’ Mrs Mellor said. She said her husband had been a very hard worker all of his life, and was ‘‘one of the best fathers you could wish for’’. Mr Mellor was equally complimentary of his wife, saying she was a fantastic cook and baker, and they had shared lots of laughter and jokes. ‘‘The secret is to be honest, look after each other and love your family.’’
Enduring affection: Happy anniversary: Thelma Mellor gives her husband, Mauri, a kiss after celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary in Cromwell.