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May 4, 2014

The perfect fortune

Fortune teller knew Jack Meador would fall in love even before he did

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When they came back, they got a little house on Jay Street that they lived in for about seven years.

“That was about the stupidest thing we could’ve ever done,” Jack said. “It was not a nice house at all.”

The newlyweds worked hard to make it into a home and remodeled most of it before they moved into their current house over 50 years ago.

Jack worked his way up to a boss position, where he was a group leader at Stellite. Mary, who was still working days there, was able to change her shift to afternoons, that way she and Jack were able to go to work together and come home together. Newlywed life was nice for them.

“When you’re in your twenties, you’re a little smarter than when you’re younger,” Mary said. “We were a little more settled down.”

Mary left Stellite after their first baby was born, and Jack left in 1966 when he went to work at Delco for 25 years.

During their married life, the Meadors have had a lot of fun. They’ve raised their three children, and over the years, Jack and Mary have loved taking ballroom dancing lessons together. They’ve always enjoyed each other’s company and say their relationship has flourished because of it.

Jack and Mary have just celebrated 60 years of marriage, and they think it’s a miracle not only that they’ve been married for six decades, but that they have lived so long and been so healthy.

“We’ve only had about a dozen fights,” Jack laughed. “We get along pretty well. We disagree, naturally, like anyone else, but we get over it and go on. Since we’re two different people, there are things that happen at times that we just have to tolerate, so we just tolerate it.”

They’ve learned to get along, and both think it’s important to be good to each other and peacefully work out any problems.

“If we get mad at each other, we just shut our mouth and go on,” Mary said. “Sooner or later someone apologizes. You might storm out the door, but you always come back.”

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