Marriage: its give and take
A MARRIED couple who recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary say there are no big secrets about how to live a happy life with someone.
But Roy and Myra Maroske say honesty and loyalty kept their marriage going strong all those years.
The key ingredients, they say, are give and take, pulling together, and supporting each other in all decisions while getting on with it.
Sixty years on and it's obvious these two are a perfect match. Myra does all the talking and Roy, well he does the listening.
"Can you remember how we met?" Myra asked him and went on to say both their families lived on properties in the small town of Hivesville in the South Burnett.
"It was a youth event. My family had moved to the area and were invited to something or another," she said.
"It was my 21st birthday party," Roy said, remembering when he first spotted a young Myra.
She was 16 at the time.
They were married three years later on January 5, 1952, in the Murgon Lutheran Church. Their 60th wedding anniversary was celebrated on January 7 with a thanksgiving service in the Zion Lutheran Church in Gympie.
They moved to the Gympie area in 1963 - first to Cooran and then to Amamoor where they had dairy farms - before moving into town where they have enjoyed slowing down for the past 30 years.
They have three sons, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
"We consider ourselves blessed we survived this long," they said.