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September 1, 2013

The love of a lifetime

The Coonrods celebrate 60 years of marriage

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Over the years, the Coonrods have enjoyed traveling to national parks and going fishing together.

“When you see one of us, you usually see both of us,” Joanna said.

More recently, they’ve each taken on the role of a caregiver.

“She’s a good nurse,” Charles said of Joanna.

Charles has had knee replacements, shoulder surgery and open heart surgery. Two years ago, he bought her a gift to show his appreciation.

“He got me a nursing cap,” Joanna said. “The 60th anniversary is supposed to be diamonds, but at the 58th, I got a nursing cap. I told him I was working on my nursing degree,” she laughed.

Love was what got them through hard times.

“You gotta keep loving the person,” Charles said. “You can’t give up.”

“Don’t go into marriage thinking if I don’t like it, I can get a divorce,” Joanna said. “You don’t start a marriage like that.”

For their 60th wedding anniversary, family and friends threw them a surprise party at the Elliott House.

“It’s hard to remember when we weren’t married,” Joanna said.

“I’d do it all again,” Charles said.

Now that 60 years has passed, the Coonrods say they know each other better than they did when they were newlyweds.

“I love him more now than I did, if that’s possible,” Joanna said. “I think the feeling is mutual, right?”

“Yes ma’am,” Charles said.

“If not, there’s the door,” she joked.

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