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


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

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

THE Central Queensland Dachshund group market afternoon

FUN AFTERNOON: THE Central Queensland Dachshund group is holding a fun afternoon at Centenary Park on Sunday.

THE Central Queensland Dachshund group fun afternoon is on tomorrow

Make most of May Day fun

FUN WEEKEND: May Day celebrations will run over Sunday and Monday.

Make most of May Day fun in Blackwater this long weekend

Black lung case awarded

APPROVED: Black lung victim Keith Stoddart and wife Danielle giving evidence at the Senate inquiry into the return of the disease in Queensland coal mines.

Black lung case has worker's compensation claim approved

Latest deals and offers

Doctor cuts teeth in CQ

WHEN his grandmother died after suffering a stroke, Mashfique Khan knew her death could have been prevented, had his family had access to adequate health care.

THE Central Queensland Dachshund group market afternoon

FUN AFTERNOON: THE Central Queensland Dachshund group is holding a fun afternoon at Centenary Park on Sunday.

THE Central Queensland Dachshund group fun afternoon is on tomorrow

Make most of May Day fun

FUN WEEKEND: May Day celebrations will run over Sunday and Monday.

Make most of May Day fun in Blackwater this long weekend

Black lung case awarded

APPROVED: Black lung victim Keith Stoddart and wife Danielle giving evidence at the Senate inquiry into the return of the disease in Queensland coal mines.

Black lung case has worker's compensation claim approved

Eagles start season strong

ON THE FRONT FOOT: Emerald Eagles' Steve Patterson about to strike the ball in the reserve grade match.

Eagles start CQ Premier League season strong

THE CFMEU May Day Rodeo promises edge of seat action

PLENTY OF ACTION: THE CFMEU May Day Rodeo is on tomorrow night starting from 5.30pm.

THE CFMEU May Day Rodeo is on tomorrow night.

RACQ releases SE Qld's worst choke points

Paul Turner, RACQ

Paul Turner from RACQ talks about our worst roads at peak time.

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances