Perhaps the traditional gift theme for a 70-year-anniversary is platinum for a reason. The metal is precious and resistant to corrosion, wear and tarnish. So, too, the marriage of John Myers, 91, and 88-year-old Lauretta (called Honey by all), has never failed to resist breakage.
On April 12 they will be celebrating 70 years of marriage.
“I call it love!” said John when asked about the longevity of their vows. “It’s gotta be love! What else could it be?”
“True love is when, if there’s something wrong with her, you take care of her and try to do the best you can.”
John, a veteran and retired painter, married Honey in 1944, in Toledo, Ohio, while on leave from the Navy. People still believe that Myers had to go AWOL (absent without leave) from the duty to attend his own wedding.
They had two children together and now have five grandchildren and 9 great-grand children. But they become informal grandparents to everyone they meet, asking to be called ‘Honey and Grandpa’.
Best of all, they still live in their own home and care for themselves, unassisted.
“They are the first to help anyone anywhere and are the most caring and generous couple,” says the Facebook page set up by the family as a surprise and to collect anniversary cards from all over the world.
If you’re interested in sending them congratulations, Write on their Facebook Page or mail a card to:
John and Honey Myers
P.O. Box 12413
Toledo OH 43606
UPDATE, April 12: See the Video of the celebration and surprise with 600 cards from around the world!