AUBREY Bernard Francis and Gladys May Francis celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last Tuesday, March 3.
The couple were married on Saturday, March 3, 1945 at St Aiden’s Church in Annandale.
They have lived in Sanctuary Point for the last 35 years, in a house Aubrey built, with Gladys’s help.
The two still live independently with a little help from Veteran’s Affairs.
They celebrated 70 years of marriage with around 20 family and friends at Huskisson Pub on Saturday, March 7.
Guests travelled from Leichhardt, Camden, Bega and St Georges Basin to attend.
Aubrey and Gladys have four children, Lynette Overall, Alan Francis, Sharon Greene and Janette Hall, 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren – the latest, Livia Ines, was born just over seven months ago.
They met through a group of extended family and friends on a picnic in a national park.
Aubrey proposed on bended knee; however Gladys made him ask her father – as that was the proper thing to do.
One particular story from the couple’s wedding day has a taxi driver delivering a dozen red roses to Gladys early in the morning.
Aubrey was waiting in the taxi, he’d come from his home at St Peters to Forest Lodge where Gladys lived.
Their secret to a long and loving marriage is to never go to bed on an argument.