71 years of bliss
IT was a truly special day at Lake Dyer earlier this month as Douglas and Marjorie Knauth reached a happy milestone by celebrating their 71st wedding anniversary together.
The couple met each other in Oakey in 1936 and tied the knot in the Church of England on May 11, 1940.
The day was shared with fellow residents from Regis Valley Views at a picnic lunch at Lake Dyer and was a surprise for Marjorie and Douglas.
“It was quite enjoyable, the only thing was that the weather wasn't very nice,” Marjorie said.
The happy couple also celebrated the milestone at a gathering of family and friends a week later with all five of their children (Leslie, Robert, Peter, Wendy and Roslyn) there to share the special moment.
“We went at a quarter to 11 and didn't come home till a quarter to four so it was a good day and all the kids were there, all five of them, which doesn't happen very often.”
The couple have always been involved in the community, with Marjorie a member of the Country Women's Association (CWA) and Douglas previously a president at the Oakey RSL and a voluntary firefighter for close to 30 years.
“He is the sole survivor of the original voluntary fire brigade that was formed in 1947 (in Oakey) and he retired at 60 years of age,” she said.
“I said he was too old to be getting on somebody's roof at that age.”