Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Teamwork Continues in a Great Marriage; Valentine's Day Is Supposed to Be the Most Romantic Day of the Year, a Time for Declaring Love, Reaffirming Love or, Sometimes, Even Finding Love. JANINE HILL Asked Four Sunshine Coast Couples to Tell Their Love Stories

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Teamwork Continues in a Great Marriage; Valentine's Day Is Supposed to Be the Most Romantic Day of the Year, a Time for Declaring Love, Reaffirming Love or, Sometimes, Even Finding Love. JANINE HILL Asked Four Sunshine Coast Couples to Tell Their Love Stories

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JOHN Parry takes the hand of his wife, Marianne, gently wobbles her knee, and asks, "What's that, love?".

Parkinson's disease and age make it difficult for Marianne, 77, to communicate, and some days are better than others.

John, 81, could jump in and speak for her, but he waits every time, giving his wife the opportunity to have her say.

Only when the words don't come does he help out, all the while with one eye on Marianne to make sure he really is speaking for both of them.

Teamwork, he tells us, is how they got through the busy years when they were establishing a family and a hobby farm. And teamwork is how they get through now.

No longer mobile, Marianne lives in aged care at Caloundra and John in an independent unit around the corner in the same complex, but he is with her every day.

They have been married 54 years.

John, a Welshman, had immigrated to Australia six weeks before they met at Brisbane's Regatta Hotel. …

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