After 60 years of marriage, an elderly couple are still so in love

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A Florida couple who met in 7th grade and always put God first just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary – and they’re still as smitten as ever. Their love story is the testimony of a happy wedding rooted in faith, unity and forgiveness.

Arthur Brown, 82, a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and his wife Karen Brown, 80, a retired administrative assistant, are both cancer survivors and true patriots grateful for their blessed family life. Originally from Teaneck, New Jersey, they now live in Orlando, Florida, their home for 35 years.

“We were married at West Point three days after graduation, June 9, 1962. I didn’t want to rush, so we waited three daysArthur jokingly told The Epoch Times.

Karen and Arthur Brown were married on June 9, 1962. The couple first met on Memorial Day 1957. (Courtesy Sidney Brown)

The couple celebrated 60 years together on Karen’s 80th birthday in February, turning the special day into a family reunion at a vacation home in Holland, Michigan.

Their 21-year-old granddaughter Sydney, who lives in New York, shared footage of the lovebirds blowing out their candles on ICT Tac, captioned, “They’re still as in love as ever.” The clip went viral.

“Poppy is always flirting with Gammy!” Sydney told The Epoch Times. “As they blow out their candles to make a wish, Poppy says he wishes for another 100 years and then kisses her; everyone says every couple should do this, even 60 years later.

“People love to have their love still alive, and they’re such an inspiration to me. It was actually crazy; someone from their church saw the video and commented on it, and then a group of people commented. answered…it is such a testament to their love, how they serve everyone in their community, which [is] so good.”

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Arthur, who spent 24 years in the military, calls himself a “super patriot”. His wife says his “blood runs red, white and blue”. (Courtesy of Sidney Brown)
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The couple’s secret to a happy marriage was to put God first, never go to bed angry, and truly care about others. (Courtesy of Sidney Brown)

Whether it’s people who have lost their grandparents or others, many are inspired by Arthur and Karen’s love. Some are even motivated to be “more sacrificial” in their own relationships.

Karen was only 14 when she first saw Arthur. Arthur’s brother was his classmate and after 12 months introduced the couple on Memorial Day 1957. Arthur was 17.

It wasn’t usual for girls to ask boys out on a date in the 1950s, Karen said, but she was brave enough to invite Arthur to her New Jersey sorority’s annual dance and barbecue. Arthur suggested they meet earlier.

“We went to see a drive-in,” Karen recalls. “I probably fell asleep the minute the movie started…I was just over the flu. The car started and I said, ‘I’m so sorry!’ He said, ‘I know you’ve been sick.’ I thought to myself, what a nice guy.

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The couple have never had “major disagreements” and believe a strong relationship is built on how one serves and supports the other. (Courtesy of Sidney Brown)

Karen enrolled at Katharine Gibbs College in New York, near her home, and got a job as an administrative assistant for Time Magazine’s travel department. Arthur proposed with a “beautiful diamond” in front of his parents, sisters and grandmother.

“He actually proposed to my parents’ house which was the most wonderful and memorable place,” Karen said. “We both come from wonderful parenting examples. We are blessed.”

The couple married, and after Arthur completed Airborne Ranger training, they moved to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where they welcomed a daughter. Two sons were born in Ohio. Arthur served in Thailand and Vietnam before returning to West Point for an advanced engineering course, and eventually a teaching position. Karen served as president of the Wives’ Club for two years.

The couple’s love deepened over time and they kept surprising each other.

Arthur tells a story:[Karen] wrote a poem about me before I met her. Her best friend showed it to me, but wouldn’t show me who wrote it, so I quickly forgot. Ten years later, five years after our marriage, I heard [Karen] tell someone about this poem she wrote about me and I said, ‘You wrote this poem? So, how so! »

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(Courtesy of Sidney Brown)

Arthur spent 24 years in the military, during which time his family moved 23 times. In 1986, he left the army for a unique opportunity with the Walt Disney Company.

Arthur said: “This guy came in, he had just fired his project manager for Pleasure Island. He called me and said, ‘I have an offer for you. Think about it, pray about it. I’ll call you back in two weeks. I did some math and decided, go for it. That’s how I spent 23 years at Disney.

For two decades, Arthur has been involved in the design and construction of every Disney theme park, backstage and property. He retired after being diagnosed with prostate cancer and illness due to Agent Orange exposure. Karen is also a cancer survivor; she battled colon cancer and has now been in remission for seven years.

With six decades of happily married life under their belt, Arthur and Karen say the key to harmony is pretty simple: be best friends, put God first, trust, forgive, and never go to bed angry.

(Courtesy of Sidney Brown)

Karen said: “You have to be best friends first, you have to put God first. I have always enjoyed serving by example. When you do good, your good endorphins go up, that’s how God made it…our four children and their four spouses serve each other, they love each other, they are great examples for their children.

Arthur said: “The two most important words are: ‘Yes my dear!’ We just serve each other, we really care about each other and we do everything we can to make each other more comfortable, happier.

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Louise Chambers is a writer born and raised in London, England. She covers inspirational news and human interest stories.


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