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January 12, 2014

Journey to her dream man

Sixteen-year-old Carol Thornton fell in love with William Jewell in 1945

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After moving multiple times due to Bill getting new jobs, they settled in Kokomo in 1963 when he got a job at Delco. Carol got a job at Delco too after their three kids got a little older. They both retired from there.

They consider their life together blessed and always felt stable and secure in their marriage. Their faith and open communication has helped their marriage last.

“When you’re young you feel so deeply and you’re madly in love,” Carol said. “Over the years, you just grow and mature. You still love each other, but it’s calm and comfortable. It’s enduring.”

They said that during their marriage, they never went to bed mad, except once. Now, they can’t even remember what the fight was about, but they remembered that they’d argued and Bill was tired so he went to sleep.

“I was mad that he was able to sleep through it and I couldn’t,” Carol said.

She brooded until 2 a.m. and kicked him awake, causing him to land on the floor. She remembers standing over him and telling him she wanted to resolve the argument. Bill laughed, and they made up.

“It’s not always been perfect,” Carol said. “Once in a while you gotta kick him out of bed, I guess,” she laughed.

They’ve learned to not brood about things and to not let resentments build up. The best way for Bill and Carol to resolve an issue was to face them head on and work them out by meeting each other halfway.

“Nobody’s perfect,” Bill said. “We had to adjust to each other. You gotta be able to give and take. I respect her feelings, and she respects my feelings.”

The Jewells have celebrated 66 years of marriage, and they said that even though everyone says it, the years really have gone by fast. They wouldn’t change anything about it.

“Am I a keeper?” Carol asked Bill.

“Yeah, he laughed. “You’re a keeper.”

“You are too,” she said.

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