Lovebirds for 60 years

2019-07-02 06:01
Rhona van Reeneen-McCleod and Silas McCleod. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Rhona van Reeneen-McCleod and Silas McCleod. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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The McCleod family from Parkwood hosted a dinner party to mark the 60th anniversary of their parents’ marriage on Thursday 27 June.

They say the anniversary of Silas McCleod (82) and Rhona van Reeneen-McCleod (80) is an important milestone for the family as it is rare to find couples who enjoy such a long marriage, remaining faithful and passing their wisdom on to the following generations of their families.

Elizabeth Smith, their daughter, says: “We are very lucky to have seen our parents grow together and this is the least we can do to show our appreciation for all the hard work and love they have shown us. They have been a good example for us.”

Smith says her parents got married during difficult times and their faith in the Lord got them this far.

They both grew up in the area and met at a fundraising soccer function in 1958 and got married at the St Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1959.

They were blessed with eight children and have over the years seen the family grow from generation to generation as they now have 28 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

The two say they are grateful that their children acknowledge their “hard work”.

Silas says like many marriages, theirs too was not a smooth ride but they have always put each other first and valued the needs of their family. He says their Christian background played a crucial role in their lives as they always had faith that the Lord would pull them through.

Silas was a keen soccer player back in his hey-days.

“There were many girls, but I knew she was the one. I have since respected her and tried to keep the spark alive. Because we met at dance evening, and we both loved sport, I made sure we would go out and have fun every week. When you get married never underestimate the little things you did before tying the knot. With that in mind, you can never go wrong.”

Rhona adds that the best thing in marriage is understanding each other and caring for each other’s families. She says when you get married and start your lives together it does not mean breaking away from the people you had before meeting your partner. 

“That way you will both remain happy and have a better understanding of where you both come from. You might need those people along the way. Marriage is a lifetime journey – you cannot do it on your own,” she says. She also agreed that faith in the Lord is the best foundation for relationships.


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