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November 17, 2013

A love that grows

Sixty years of marriage have not quelled the Rifes' love and attraction to each other.

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As the Rifes near their 80s, they are still attracted to each other’s looks and personalities, which they say is another positive thing about their relationship.

“I think one of the most important things is sex appeal,” Bud said. "I’m 78 years old and I like pretty girls. Girls like Joan used to be old, but now they’re not. They’re pretty.”

As for their relationship, it’s better now than when they were newlyweds.

“It’s a deeper relationship,” Joan said. “When you get married, you’re working on your relationship, trying to cultivate it. You don’t have to do that now because you just know that deepness is already there.”

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