Give and take key to marriage

20:04, Feb 14 2013
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Rayna and George Morris surrounded by cards from well-wishers on their 60th wedding anniversary.

Where does the time go?

Gore couple Rayna and George Morris are wondering just that as they celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

They were married at Otautau Presbyterian Church on February 5, 1953, and marked the milestone with more than 60 friends and family at Croydon Lodge this month. But they met a long time ago, while on holiday at Riverton.

George, then 20, met Rayna, 17, at a dance and the pair married four years later. Now, looking back on their time together, both say it is unbelievable how quickly 60 years has gone.

"At the time, you never think about getting to 60 years," Mr Morris said.

"That's forever."


They have been kept busy over the years with five children, 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two more on the way.

Farming at Kaiwera for 35 years before retiring in Gore, the pair remember the times when their growing family would play in the streams and dig forts out in the sides of the riverbanks.

"It was a marvellous district to live in and bring children up in," Mrs Morris said.

The closure of the school in 2008 was the end of an era, they said.

And their secret to a long and happy marriage?

"Being tolerant, it's a bit of give and take," she said.

"It's not always plain sailing."