Take it from Edward and Lena. A Massachusetts-based couple recently ushered in a relationship feat—their 70th wedding anniversary—by enjoying a vow renewal and sharing invaluable marital advice for those inspired by their long-lasting love story. The pair—90-year-old Edward Gouin and his wife, 89-year-old Lena Gouin—walked down the aisle for the second time ever on Saturday, January 27, before their three children, eight grandkids and three great-grandchildren.
The two first met when Edward was serving in the Navy during World War II. However, the young couple was unable to marry in a formal church ceremony due to a disparity in their religious backgrounds (he’s Catholic and she’s Congregationalist). Laws at the time prohibited the pair from marrying inside the church, so they opted, instead for a rectory. “Today, it can happen,” Edward told the Telegram. And so, the two enjoyed a vow renewal ceremony inside the Church of the Good Shepherd in Uxbridge, Mass.
According to the couple, the secrets to a successful marriage are rather simple. “If we got in an argument, we never went to bed mad,” Edward said. “I don’t go out the door without giving her a kiss. One great thing, when we were first married, we promised the priest we would never argue about religion and never did in 70 years. It’s also because of her—she has the best attitude in life.”
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“It’s been good. It’s been fun,” Lena added. “If I had to make a choice, again, he’d be the one.”
He’s especially displayed acts of service after his wife was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Edward will cook and do the dishes every night for his wife, and she reciprocates that affection for her husband, who lost a leg a few years ago and had to get a prosthesis. “We have worked together for years,” he said. “If I’m going out somewhere and she wants to come, she comes. If I’m out in the yard, she’s got to be right out there with me.”
While the devoted couple has enjoyed decades of marriage, not every moment has been easy. “Like any married couple, there are things you have to take and things you might not like all the time,” Lena concluded. “But it all works out in the end. The thing that impresses me is when he leaves the house, even to go to the post office, he always gives me a kiss.”
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