…and they’re still going strong.
James “Buddy” and Gertie Thomas celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last weekend at Arlington’s Newspring Church, where their (now-deceased) son was a founder pastor. Buddy was only 18 when he met Gertie, and, though he didn’t know it at first, she was just 14. Despite everything they’ve been through together – the Great Depression, hard economic times while Buddy was in school, the early death of Gertie’s mother – they stuck with it and are now happily retired, still living in the tree-shaded home where they raised their children. It now serves as a great place to entertain their 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
They attribute their long marriage to faith in God, “consideration, compassion, and kindness”, and, according to Gertie, “just keeping your mouth shut a lot of times.”