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Honesty and the Blues key to happy marriage

Monday, 31st March, 2014

Kevin and Barbara Spangler today celebrate 60 years of happy marriage. Kevin and Barbara Spangler today celebrate 60 years of happy marriage.

By Emily Roberts

Kevin and Barbara Spangler will be celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary today.

They were married on March 31, 1954 at Wesley Church.

“We were married on a Wednesday and left on the Silver City Comet on the Thursday morning for our honeymoon,” Kevin said. “We had our honeymoon in the Blue Mountains.”

Barbara said she remembered the day being very hot.

“The confetti melted,” she said. “I had 144 yards of quarter inch lace that made my dress. My mother made my embroidered head dress.”

Kevin and Barbara met through their involvement with the YMCA and YWCA.

“They would hold combined functions and socials,” Kevin said. “I thought Barbara was a good looking girl.”

And Barbara said she was smitten with Kevin.

They were engaged on April 25, 1953.

“My birthday was the next day. I proposed on ANZAC Day morning,” Kevin said.

“We had known each other for five years,” said Barbara.

The couple have lived in Broken Hill all their lives. Kevin worked on the North Mine as an electrical fitter.

“After 42 years’ service, I retired - which was lucky because they told me they were shutting the mine,” he said.

Barbara worked as a Dental Nurse and, later on, in a chemist shop.

They had three sons who “used to fight from the front to the back. I almost had to give them boxing gloves,” Barbara said.

The couple now have seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

They had a party on Saturday to celebrate their anniversary and all the family came back for barbecue.

Kevin attributed their happy marriage to industrial deafness and supporting the same football team.

“She supported the same team as me, which is Carlton,” Kevin joked.

“We have made a lot of happy memories together,” Barbara said. “And we’ve kept no secrets from each other.”

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