Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Couple Has Plenty to Commemorate

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Couple Has Plenty to Commemorate

Article excerpt

NOTCHING up 60 years of marriage is generally considered an outstanding and rare feat of survival and patience, worthy of a letter of congratulations from the Queen.

So what about 70 years of marriage then?

To be married 70 years, as Joan and Maurice Berry prove, you not only have to tie the knot at an extremely young age, but you also have to live to blow the candles out at your 90th birthday party.

Saturday was a double celebration for long-time Ipswich dairy farmers Mr and Mrs Berry, with 45 family members and friends travelling from all parts to celebrate the couple's 70th wedding anniversary, in addition to Mrs Berry's 90th birthday.

Mrs Berry was only 18 when she married Mr Berry, then 21.

They celebrated the birth of their first two sons - Maurice Junior and Jack - before the war.

Third son Brian appeared after Mr Berry returned from about two years of service with the Royal Australian Air Force contingent in Papua New Guinea during World War Two. …

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