Pietermaritzburg’s ‘platinum couple’

2016-02-10 06:00
PHOTO: nicole john Oliver and Dorothy Assy from Woodlands celebrated 70 years of marriage yesterday, 9 February.

PHOTO: nicole john Oliver and Dorothy Assy from Woodlands celebrated 70 years of marriage yesterday, 9 February.

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THERE are not many people who have the “bragging rights” to celebrate a platinum anniversary - 70 years - but Oliver and Dorothy Assy from Woodlands are two such people.

The couple celebrated seven decades of marriage yesterday, 9 February. Oliver (96) and Dorothy (89) are in good health and continue to be active in their community.

They sat down with Maritzburg Fever last week to speak about their “milestone” and encourage others how to remain committed and in a lasting relationship especially, since February is the month of love.

Communication, understanding and honesty are at the top of their list.

“It’s important to talk to each other in a nice way and not scream and shout,” said Dorothy. Oliver agreed and said that patience with each other is also important especially during a disagreement. It takes two to make a rumble. So I don’t answer, I just walk away,” he said.

“Of course, we have our aches and pains, but we keep going,” said Dorothy. The couple are members of a local senior citizens club and Dorothy is active in the club and enjoys knitting and other craft work and she does her own washing and cooking.

Although Oliver suffered a stroke he has recovered well and spend much of his time in the garden tending to the plants.

Oliver and Dorothy were born and bred in Pietermaritzburg and, over the years, have worked in various companies until they retirement.

The couple are active Christians and attend St Martin De Porres Catholic Church in Woodlands where Oliver is one of the founding members and they have received two blessings from the Vatican from two of its Popes.

They have seven children - five daughters and two sons, 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

“The happiest part of our lives is when all our family get together because we enjoy spending time together,” said Dorothy.

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