Lifestyle

Tips for lovers from 65-year romance

Mervin and Betty Boughen have been married 65 years and still find time for romance.
Mervin and Betty Boughen have been married 65 years and still find time for romance. David Nielsen

WITH 65 years of marriage behind them, few are more qualified to offer relationship tips to sweethearts this Valentine's Day than Mervin and Betty Boughen.

The couple have their own story of fairytale romance, having grown up as neighbours in Rosewood before they started courting.

"We were neighbours on Walloon Rd, and it just sort of made sense for us to start courting," Mrs Boughen said.

"It just happened, we were family friends and we were a great match."

Mervin, 94, and Betty, 89, enjoyed a long engagement of five years before their marriage in the Old Congregational Church, Rosewood, on February 1, 1947.

"I was 19 when I got engaged, and I remember my mother told me I had to wait two years until I was 21 to get married, which seemed like forever," Mrs Boughen said.

"However, the war was on and supplies were low so it ended up being five years before our house was built and we were married."

Mr Boughen said he used to indulge his future wife in visits to the cinemas in Rosewood on weekends.

"We would walk into town from our houses on Walloon St on Saturday night to see a film, and then we'd have to walk in again on Sunday to go to church together," Mr Boughen said.

"As for dancing, my husband has two left feet, so we didn't do much of that!" Mrs Boughen laughed.

Mrs Boughen said their marriage was based on common interests and sharing decisions.

"We just trust one another and decide what's best for both of us," she said.

Mr Boughen said it was just a matter of finding the right person.

"We just love one another and that's it," he said, summing up.

The couple shared a mutual worry for younger couples jumping into relationships.

"You really have to know the person before you decide to get married," Mrs Boughen said.

"We knew what we were getting because we were neighbours.

"These days, I think young people are moving in or getting married without realising who they're actually settling down with."

The couple shared the opinion that Valentine's Day was becoming overly commercialised.

 

VALENTINE'S DAY

Valentine's Day originally acknowledged Christian martyrs of the same name.

It became popular in the heart of romantics at the turn of the 19th century.

Sending chocolates, flowers, cards and other gifts on the day is a popular custom.

Millions of cards and an estimated 15 million e-valentines were sent in 2010.

Singaporeans, Chinese and South Koreans spend the most on Valentine's gifts.

Topics:  marriage valentine's day


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

CWA going strong after 80 years

80 YEARS STRONG: Valentine Plains CWA president Joy Jensen (left) with 93-year-old CWA member Vera Geall.

Valentine Plains CWA celebrates eight decades serving the community.

Crucial to slip, slop, slap in sunburnt country

SUN SAFE: James Hatch, Connor Dorrell and Jason Law stay sun safe at the Biloela Swimming Pool.

CQ's melanoma rate lowest in state but rising.

Farmers, backpackers welcome end to tax fiasco

UNCERTAINTY OVER: Richard Fairley (left) is hosting Chris Brown and Dot Baker at his Biloela farm.

Biloela farmer relieved the 'shambles' is finally resolved.

Local Partners

Biloela bank manager rocks her retirement

Long-time The Rock employee Judy Pender will be the first female president of the Biloela Rotary Club.

Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story

Cruz Beckham's single a 'one-off'

He is not planning to launch a full-time music career yet.

Louis Tomlinson's mother dies aged 42

Louis Tomlinson's mother has died.

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!