Un­con­di­tional love is last­ing

Mata­mata cou­ple Tim and Lucy Mur­ray cel­e­brated their 70th wed­ding last Thurs­day. Ka­t­rina Lintonbon sat down with the Mur­rays to find out what has made their mar­riage a suc­cess through the years

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

One of the many se­crets to 70 years of mar­i­tal bliss, ac­cord­ing to Lucy Mur­ray is lots of cud­dling.

Lucy and Tim Mur­ray cel­e­brated their spe­cial an­niver­sary with a fam­ily gather­ing last Sun­day.

The Mur­rays were mar­ried at the Catholic Church in Huntly on Fe­bru­ary 24, 1941.

‘‘It was a funny wed­ding. It was just the two of us and a brides­maid and a best man,’’ Mr Mur­ray said.

‘‘When we were fin­ished at the church, the girls had ice cream and we had beer.’’

Eleven months af­ter the wed­ding the cou­ple’s first child Pat was born.

Their sec­ond son, David, ar­rived two years later and their third son, Den­nis, nine years af­ter that.

‘‘Den­nis was our third chance to have a girl. When he came along we thought that’s it,’’ Mr Mur­ray said.

Af­ter they were mar­ried the Mur­rays lived in Te Kauwhata briefly be­fore shift­ing to Thames, where they lived for 18 months be­fore mov­ing to Waitara.

Then Strat­ford be­came their per­ma­nent home for many years.

It was where they lived, worked and raised their three sons to­gether.

Af­ter many years of run­ning a farm in Strat­ford Mr and Mrs Mur­ray moved to Mata­mata, where they have been for the last seven years.

Their son Den­nis and his wife Pat had al­ready moved to Mata­mata and wanted Mr and Mrs Mur­ray close by so they could keep an eye on their health.

Both in their nineties now, the Mur­rays agree the rea­son their mar­riage is as strong now as it was on the day they were mar­ried is sim­ple; un­con­di­tional love for one an­other.

‘‘We have al­ways been to­gether; we have never left each other,’’ Mrs Mur­ray said.

‘‘That’s so im­por­tant.’’

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