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February 20, 2014

Lasting Love (Celebrating 50 plus years of marriage): The Westerfields

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

When youngest daughter, Heather, started kindergarten, Wilma enrolled at the Lexington Beauty School and received her cosmetology license. She worked at several different salons and owned her own shop for more than 15 years.

Currently, she works at Beauty Works three days a week.

“We raised our family and worked hard. Bob worked a lot and there was little time for recreation. But, after the children were grown, off-and-on for three or four years, we were members of a dance club, ballroom dancing. I used to fancy myself as a good dancer,” Wilma said.

“But I never was too good at it. I was just a good old, country boy,” Bob said.

Today, the couple spends time with their four grandchildren and they have a booth at the Vendors Mall.

“We have been blessed with three children and they have blessed us with three grandsons and a granddaughter,” she said. 

Wilma and Bob said they based their marriage on his parent’s marriage.

“They had a good, solid marriage,” Wilma said.  “My advice to couples today would be — everyone has problems; just be strong enough to work it out.”

“It’s give and take,” Bob said.  “It takes a lot of take. Young people give up too easy.”

“We get wrapped up in ourselves and forget about each other. You have to love, live, give and take a lot. And we didn’t want to give up; that is why we have been married 50 years. Sometimes it seems like a hundred years; other times it seems like just yesterday.”

 

sminton@sentinel-echo.com

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