Jack and Marie Read: 65 not out
TIMES were tough when Jack and Marie Read started their married life together.
But the Ballina couple said that gave them a real sense of appreciation of the simple things in life.
They certainly have an appreciation of each other – the couple yesterday, December 8, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Jack, now 83, was living at Byron Bay when he first met Marie in 1943.
Marie, now 82, has family ties with the Casino district, but was living at Innisfail in north Queensland when she came to Byron Bay for her grandfather’s funeral.
Jack knew Marie’s grandparents, and was visiting their neighbour when he met Marie.
Marie’s family later moved to Byron Bay.
She said she wasn’t so keen on coming back to the North Coast – but was glad she did as her relationship with Jack grew.
They were married at the Methodist manse in Lismore in 1945 after Jack returned from army service.
They lived at Middle Pocket ‘with no phones or electricity’ for a time before moving to Lennox Head and then Ballina.
They have lived in their Burnet Street home now for 52 of the 65 years they have been married.
Jack and Marie enjoy gardening. In fact, they enjoy doing ‘everything together’. “Like everybody else, we have disagreements,” Jack said.
“But we feel lost if we are without each other.”
Marie joked: “I couldn’t get rid of him.”
They put down their long marriage to a ‘basic but healthy lifestyle’.
The couple has eight children – five boys, with a set of twins, and three girls – eighteen grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.