The beauty of enduring love

2018-02-21 06:00
Married in 1961 are Maurinne and Guy Alleaune.

Married in 1961 are Maurinne and Guy Alleaune.

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THE sweet celebration which happens every year on February 14, when it all becomes about spreading the love — the holiday as we know today got its name from a man named Valentine and its western celebration — is all about professing love for your special person.

This day we celebrate the enduring love of four elderly couples: Leslie and Erica Scott, Noel and Sybil Fowle, Guy and Maurinne Alleaune and Philip and Dawn Marè from the Poinsettia Park. Their love has endured over 249 years combined and is still going strong.

All four couples carry different advice for young couples and have had different experiences within their marriages, but what resonates within all of them is a love for one another.

The Scott’s met in Rhodesia which is now known as Zimbabwe. Leslie had gone up for his brother’s wedding and that is where he met his wife. Erica later came down to South Africa for a visit and never went back to her home country as Leslie asked for her hand in marriage and 63 years later they are still going strong. “There will always be difficulties in a marriage but it’s important that we find common ground and learn to forgive in a relationship. It’s very easy for couples to just divorce nowadays, it’s not right,” said Erica.

Noal and Sybil Fowle have a balanced relationship that is a living testimony to what being in a partnership is. When asked what they would like to share with the younger couples of this generation, they said in unison: “Always remember to say ‘sorry’”. They met at a youth fellowship under the mistletoe in 1955, Noel said that the youth fellowship had been a dance for them to mingle with other youth groups and Noel managed to get a dance with Sybil after many attempts. “It was a passing the broom kind of dance, I saw her and decided to passed the broom to the boy she was dancing with and well, I knew what to do under the mistletoe,” he said. Sybil’s mother would not let her get married until she was 21 years old, though, and Noel said that she was worth waiting for.

The Mauritius-born Guy and Maurine Alleaune met in 1958 and in a matter of two years, tied the knot.

Guy said that couples should put God first and that will surely help them in difficult times. Even though Maurine suffered a fall a few years ago, causing some disturbance in her memory, she still remembers some beautiful times that she and Guy shared together.

They have three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and are celebrating their love daily.

Who knew blind dates existed in the olden days as well?

Philip and Dawn Marè met through one. Philip had been set up for a blind date with Dawn’s friend and when the friend did not pitch, Dawn’s brother encouraged her to take her friend’s place and that was the beginning of their happily ever after.

The two met on Christmas Eve in Johannesburg in 1955, and tied the knot on February 20, 1960, and it has been a roller-coaster ride for them since then.

The couples encouraged readers to never give up on love and wished all a happy Valentine’s Day.

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