Still strong

2015-05-05 06:00

Five and a half decades later, they are closer than ever before.

Celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary, a Pelican Park couple attribute the success of their marriage to always putting God first and being together.

Jock and Catherine met in 1959 at a Church function in Woodstock.

One year later at the ages of 18 and 21 they were married.

“He was interested in my sister, but she was older than him and wasn’t interested. That is when he saw me and we started courting,” Catherine says.

With time the couple have grown closer together. “We are more loving and care for each other,” she adds.

They both still fondly remember the journey they have taken over the past five decades. They started their love story in Salt River where they met and attended church services at the Salt River Apostolic Faith Mission. Following the implementation of the Group Area’s Act, the couple discovered Jock was of Indian decent.

“We didn’t know he was Indian, and because of that we were moved from Woodstock to Gatesville,” says Catherine.

At the time Jock was a truck driver.

Catherine says she often travelled with him up country and kept him awake by singing to him.They lived in their home for 10 years before moving to Pelican Park where they still reside. The couple attribute the success of their marriage to always making time for each other and putting God first.

Catherine is still active and often preaches to groups visiting from other countries.

Jock, a man a very few words, says a happy wife means a happy life.

“I always spent time with her and gave her everything she wanted. You must listen to your wife and please her,” Jock advises.

The couple celebrated their 55th Wedding anniversary on Thursday 12 March.

The marriage was blessed with eight children, four of whom have already passed

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