An­other mile­stone for love

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By EMMA DAWE

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.’’

Photo: EMMADAWE/FAIR­FAX NZ

En­dur­ing af­fec­tion: Happy an­niver­sary: Thelma Mel­lor gives her hus­band, Mauri, a kiss af­ter cel­e­brat­ing their 65th wed­ding an­niver­sary in Cromwell.

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