That’s the way love goes
SOUTHSIDE identities Don and Joyce Pitts celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.
Don and Joyce met at a dance on the Avoca Steamboat, on the Murray River at Mildura.
Don invited Joyce to cut a rug with him and she obliged, even though he admitted he couldn't dance a step. And so began their life together, a life that has so far spanned seven decades.
Before he was enlisted, Don was a jockey, but after the war, he chose to go into the family building business and became a carpenter where he helped construct public works in Melbourne including schools, courthouses, banks, and police stations.
"After the war, there was nothing built, there was plenty of work to be done," said Joyce.
Joyce was a full-time mum to their three children, Carolyn, Pamela and Jeffrey, as well as helping out with the business, taking care of all the book work and running the office.
In the 80s Don and Joyce followed their two daughters up to Queensland, initially moving to Brackenridge, before settling in Curra on a 58ha farm.
They moved to their home on the Southside to enjoy their retirement 23 years ago.
Joyce said the first thing that attracted her to Don was his beautiful hair and eyes. Don said, with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, the reason he wanted to get married was to have kids.
"It's just one of those things," Joyce said. "When you love one another, you just know."
Don and Joyce have three children, seven grand-children and 15 great-grand-children, with another on the way, who they love to see whenever they have an opportunity.
The next big celebration is planned for Joyce's 90th birthday in late September.