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October 6, 2013

Love & the family farm

Don and Judy Winger built both through 67 years

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“We’re what you call the family farm,” Judy said. “We really are. If there was one, we are it.”

The Wingers have spent time together involved in church activities and have gone on several mission trips to Africa and South America.

Now, 67 years later, they don’t know where the time has gone.

“We were busy doing things we’re happy with,” Judy said. “Our marriage has been blessed.”

“You never thought about when you get married, how long you’d be married,” Don said. “We used to go around holding hands because we’re in love, and now we hold hands to keep each other up.”

The Wingers say the reason why their marriage has lasted so long is because that’s the way they wanted it.

“When we got married, we got married with the thought we were going to stay married,” Judy said. “Marriage is hard work sometimes. You really have to work at it. Get married with the idea you’re going to make it work.”

“We took our vows seriously,” Don said. “We expected it to be forever. I’m kind of surprised forever hasn’t ended already, as old as we are.”

They agree it hasn’t always been easy, but by being supportive to one another, it has worked out.

“We growl at each other once in a while,” Judy said. “We’re not perfect. They’re always little growls, not big growls.”

The Wingers say it takes a little more patience with each other since they aren’t as physically able as they were years ago.

“We’ve sort of changed how we do things in our older years,” Judy said. “We do things to help each other.”

Don considers Judy very kind, compassionate, and loving.

“She’s always been supportive in the things going on and always been a positive person about everything. I’ve always appreciated that.”

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