Bamawm's Mavis and David Jenkins recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.MONIQUE PRESTON November 16, 2012 4:38am
When Mavis and David Jenkins met at a dance in Rochester in 1950, it was the start of a lifelong partnership.
Recently the couple celebrated its 60th wedding anniversary.
‘‘I must have reckoned she wasn’t a bad looker,’’ David said of their first meeting.
For Mavis, it was David’s voice that attracted her as he asked ‘‘may I have the next dance?’’
When they met, Mavis (nee Burgoine) lived 8km east of Rochester and David lived on a farm at Bamawm.
However, it was only a year before the pair was engaged and only two years until they married at Rochester Methodist Church in 1952.
While she can’t remember many details about the day, Mavis said it must have been wet.
‘‘The bottom of my wedding dress had mud on it,’’ she said.
After the wedding, the reception was held in the shire hall at Rochester, before Mavis and David headed to Sorrento and Portsea for their honeymoon.
They settled on the farm at Bamawm that was bought by David’s grandfather in 1912, and have remained there ever since.
The couple has three children, Marlene (Peters), Peter and Lance, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Mavis and David said compatability was the secret to their long marriage.
‘‘We get on pretty well together I think,’’ David said.
‘‘We agree on most things,’’ Mavis said.
Mavis also offered advice to other couples that had worked in their marriage.
‘‘Don’t bear grudges,’’ she said.
Mavis said modern medicine had also contributed to the length of their marriage as both she and David had been sick a few times.
‘‘(We are) very grateful to reach this milestone,’’ she said.
The couple had a small celebration with family and friends to mark their diamond wedding anniversary.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.