55 years of marriage bliss

NOW: Gwenneth and Donald King will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary tomorrow. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI
NOW: Gwenneth and Donald King will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary tomorrow. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

COTSWOLD couple Gwenneth and Donald King always try to do things together and it has paid off, as they celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary tomorrow. Retired Standard Bank accountant Donald said they both grew up in Grahamstown but only met Gwenneth de la Mar at her cousin’s birthday party in 1955.

“We saw more of each other at the church youth and then the sparks between us got stronger,” Donald said.

Gwenneth, who was a stay-at-home mum, said she worked at the Butter and Ice factory and she would walk to Donald’s house to have lunch with him every day.

“We started spending more and more time together,” Gwenneth said.

The couple, who moved to Port Elizabeth in 1975, were married on November 5 1960 at Grahamstown Baptist Church and held their reception at Graham Hotel.

Donald said their wedding was “very nice” and they had about 300 guests.

“During those times weddings were much cheaper than they are today,” Donald said.

Gwenneth said one of the reasons they decided to get married at a young age was because Donald had to travel for work and it was not always easy seeing each other.

The couple have two children, Vanessa and Timothy, and two grandchildren.

Donald said he would not change anything about his wife. “I love everything about her,” Donald said. Gwenneth said Donald was always willing to help her.

“Sometimes when I do not feel like cooking Donald would cook and do the vacuuming,” Gwenneth said.

Gwenneth said every morning they make up their bed together, adding that “it is the little things that count in a marriage and we always consider each other when doing things together”.

Gwenneth believes that the secret to their long and happy marriage was “always putting the Lord first and compromising with one another”, as well as rarely doing things without each other.

-Razaan Hackenberg

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