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Harold and Wanda Covey of Dry Ridge were married on Nov. 16 1947. She was 15. He was 17.
Harold’s aunt had to sign for Wanda to marry Harold. Times were simply different 65 years ago.
They are still as in love with each other today as the day they decided to run off and get married.
You can see it in the way they look at each other, with that twinkle that only people in love can recognize and understand.
“We didn’t know what we were doing,” said Harold.
“We were young and you can’t live on love,” said Wanda.
Their parents weren’t pleased with the decision but they made a life for themselves in their first home on Humes Ridge Road in Williamstown.
They have had six children in those 65 years, three of which are deceased. They have eight grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
They taught their children respect for all people and to be giving and caring to all.
“I raised my kids right and they will tell you that,” said Wanda.
They have seen a lot of sadness and happiness in their 65 years together but they went through it hand in hand.
They were married by William Hale in Covington.
Being in love and staying in love is their secret to a long, successful marriage.
“Love comes first. Love will always carry you through,” said Wanda.
Wanda and Harold still haul wood in for their wood stove and work on the farm.
“Every night I holler back and say ‘love you babe’ and every morning I sit on his lap and tell him I love him,” said Wanda.