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
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.’’