Mr and Mrs Semmens celebrate 60 years
Monday, 9th February, 2015
When Ken and Marie Semmens married, there was doubt to whether they would last. But after 60 years, the couple can say they have put in the hard yards to make it work.
Mr and Mrs Semmens were married at St Peter’s Anglican Church on February 9, 1955. They met when Ken was an apprentice mechanic and Marie worked as a salesperson in a hardware store. The shops were near each other and Marie used to ride her push bike through the yard.
Ken went to Marie’s house one night (without her knowledge) to take her dancing.
“I borrowed my father’s car and went around to her house,” he said.
Marie said she wasn’t very impressed by Ken.
“I wanted nothing to do with him,” she said.
Then in 1954, Ken bought a ring, took it to Marie’s workplace and placed it on the counter.
“I said: ‘Well, there you go, we’re engaged’,” he said.
“We were engaged in the middle of 1954 and married on February 9 in 1955, on a very hot and dusty day.”
Ken said he was told it wouldn’t last but said it has worked for 60 years.
Marie said the secret to a long and happy marriage was patience and understanding.
“We’ve kept our own individuality, there is always give and take,” she said.
“We’ve had our own interests.”
Ken and Marie have spent a lot of time volunteering in the community in lots of different programs.
The couple have two children, a son and a daughter, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The anniversary was celebrated with a family dinner on Saturday and an open house on Sunday afternoon.