Moetis’ love endures

2015-07-15 06:00
FOREVER MINE: The happy couple of Neo and Teressia Moeti reaffirmed their wedding vows during the celebration of their 55th wedding anniversary held at their residence in Oppenheimer Park in Thabong, Welkom, on Saturday, 4 July.

 Photos: Moeti Mol

FOREVER MINE: The happy couple of Neo and Teressia Moeti reaffirmed their wedding vows during the celebration of their 55th wedding anniversary held at their residence in Oppenheimer Park in Thabong, Welkom, on Saturday, 4 July. Photos: Moeti Mol

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THE elderly couple Neo and Teressia Moeti celebrated a huge milestone recently, having been married for longer than five decades.

The pair reaffirmed their vows at the function celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary at their residence in Oppenheimer Park in Thabong, Welkom, on Saturday, 4 July.

They renewed their vows in front of a crowd of more than 50 people, which included family and friends. Those present rejoiced with song and dance.

The happy couple attributed the success of their marriage to building their union on good principles: cooperation, respect, good communication and prayer.

“The journey of 55 years of marriage has not been a bed of roses. We encountered potholes and storms along the way. We held each other by the hand throughout and held our head high in times of challenges,” Neo said of their union.

Neo and Teressia, both 80 years old, married in 1960 and have been blessed with eight children and numerous grandchildren.

Neo thanked Teressia for her unwavering support and the patience she had throughout the years in building their marriage.

The celebration was fitting for the elderly couple, who also celebrate turning 80 this month. They were born in 1935 – Neo in Petrus Steyn and Teressia in Ladybrand.

Neo completed high school at the Heilbron High School (now Phiritona) and studied teaching at the Moroka Missionary Institution in Thaba Nchu. He started teaching at a farm school in Petrus Steyn in 1956.

Here Teressia opened a take-away café that was highly successful and through the business she helped to generate an income to provide for their family.

The couple relocated to Thabong, Welkom, in 1969 where Neo took up a teaching position at the Tswelopele Primary School under the late Leepile Dikoko.

Neo’s appointment was the beginning of a transition that saw him become principal of Tswelopele and later a subject adviser in the Botshabelo circuit. He ultimately became organiser of Language and Culture for the then Qwaqwa homeland in the Free State.

After 40 years of service, Neo retired from the education department in 1996.

During his heydays, he moonlighted as a proportional councillor of the segregated Thabong Town Council between 1976 and 1980.

The couple are devout members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC). In 1980 Neo was nominated a delegate of the church to the quadrennial conference held in New Orleans in America.

In 2004 he was once again elected the church representative to a corresponding conference in Indianapolis in America.

Neo was a delegate of the Lay Organisation, one of the auxiliaries of the church, on both occasions

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