Love that lasts for a life­time

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By ADEN MILES

Over the course of their mar­riage, they have seen towns de­velop, chil­dren grow up and lines lengthen on their faces but one thing that has not changed is their love for each other.

Pu­taruru’s Norine and Dou­glas Mcpher­son will mark their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary to­mor­row.

The pair mar­ried in Pu­taruru Bap­tist Church on De­cem­ber 22, 1951 af­ter court­ing for more than three years.

‘‘I never knew him at all un­til he bumped into me,’’ Mrs Mcpher­son said of meet­ing Dou­glas dur­ing an event.

‘‘That was when Pu­taruru was one long street, where there was a so­cial event ev­ery Fri­day night and we would go to the pic­tures.’’

Af­ter more than three years of court­ing, the pair mar­ried and spent time liv­ing in Pu­taruru, Lichfield and Toko­roa.

Mrs Mcpher­son spoke of their love for each other, a love that had not di­min­ished over the decades. ‘‘I loved him, I al­ways have, I still do. I’m very pro­tec­tive of him . . . I never wanted to be apart. I do too much be­cause I’m too pro­tec­tive,’’ Mrs Mcpher­son said.

‘‘We have had our bad times, I am not go­ing to say that we didn’t have any bad times or ar­gu­ments (be­cause) we did,’’ she said.

Mrs Mcpher­son also said times had changed greatly.

‘‘When I was be­ing brought up, we were lucky be­cause we were born in that gen­er­a­tion when girls were trained to look af­ter their hus­bands.’’

She added that Dou­glas was al­ways very good in and around the house.

‘‘I have al­ways cared for him. He has al­ways been a good hus­band,’’ she said.

‘‘I have al­ways thought if your mar­riage sur­vives bring­ing your chil­dren through the teenage years it will sur­vive ever af­ter,’’ she said.

Mr and Mrs Mcpher­son have five chil­dren, nine grand­chil­dren and a great-grand­child.

STILL SMIL­ING: Pu­taruru’s Norine and Dou­glas Mcpher­son will cel­e­brate their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary to­mor­row.

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