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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In a time when divorce is almost a norm, one Wilmington couple is celebrating 70 years of love and marriage.

The inside of Ernie and Dee Young’s wedding bands say “Come grow old with me; the best is yet to be,” and family and friends say they live that out each day.

The Youngs took time on their special day Saturday to share some wisdom with us.

“June 25, 1941. Daddy said that way he could remember the anniversary because it’s halfway between Christmas and Christmas,” daughter Zan Bramley recalls.

“I think living to this age and still having your mate is just a gift from God,” said happy and healthy Dee Young as she grabbed her husband of 70 years’ hand.

“I love her, more than ever,” said Ernie Young as he gazed into his bride’s eyes.

“My dad always sort of put mother on a pedestal, and that’s where she has remained to the point where she is his number one girl, and I had to fight to understand just to be number two,” laughed Bramley. “But we grew up in a really faith-based, deep, wonderful, loving home.”

“If you ever have a place where you don’t meet together, you make a difference and wait and wait and wait until both of you get back together all again,” Dee said.

“We mutually agreed right after the wedding that we were never going to go to bed mad, which we haven’t,” Ernie added.

The lovebirds live together at Trinity Grove Nursing Home, where they were the first ever residents to move in to the new facility earlier this month.

Dee said another one of her secrets to a long and happy marriage is to say ‘I love you’ every day and truly mean it.

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4 Comments on "Couple celebrates 70 years of love"

2015 years 10 months ago

Loved, loved, loved this story! It’s something you don’t hear about too much anymore.

My grandparents were married 75 years, and my mom and dad were married 51 years. I’m afraid today’s society is too concerned with me, me, me and I, I, I to make a marriage last. A good marriage requires sacrifice (which most people today know nothing about), on BOTH sides, to work. It takes caring about someone else more than you care about yourself. Unfortunately, it is usually one-sided, with only one of the “couple” trying to make it work. I see it all the time. Society could sure take a lesson from this amazing oouple!

2015 years 10 months ago

The coverage of this family event is something you should do more of WWAY! So sweet and heartfelt, you can see the love between these two!

2015 years 10 months ago

This is truly beautiful. I hope that my marriage will be like this years from now (I got married on the 17th of June). I always point out to my husband when I see elderly couples holding hands, or helping each other, kissing on the cheek. To me it shows that even with age and how your body changes they still love each other the day they met. I’m actually considering getting our rings engraved with something special. :)
Wonderful story.

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2015 years 10 months ago

What an inspiration!!!!Thankful that some people still believe in “until death do us part”!!!!!


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