LOVE LIFE: Lionel and Rowena Krone and family celebrate 50 years of marriage at The Camelot Restaurant on Friday, January 29.
LOVE LIFE: Lionel and Rowena Krone and family celebrate 50 years of marriage at The Camelot Restaurant on Friday, January 29.

Still feeling golden after 50 years of married bliss

LIONEL and Rowena Krone have been married 50 years. Their secret?

Spending every day like it's golden.

The pair from New Zealand were together for just 10 months before they wed.

They met at a friends' party; Rowena couldn't stick around though because it was her mother's birthday the same day.

"They were having the party that night and Lionel was helping his friend there ... it just so happened to be on my mother's party so I left for her party."

"His sister was a singer and so for our first date we went to a cabaret place in Auckland where she was performing.

"He said to her that night, 'This is the girl I'm going to marry'," she said.

They met in March, Lionel proposed in August and they wed on January 29.

In 1981 the couple decided to move their family over the ditch to Australia.

They spent six months in Brisbane before the central Queensland weather lured them to Gladstone.

"My husband comes from Western Samoa and the weather was getting him down in Auckland.

"He said we're either going to Samoa or Australia, so I chose Australia."

Mrs Krone said each day they wake with a smile on their faces; she says it's the secret to long lasting love.

"The old adage of life 'be in it' is so true.

"You have to wake up with a smile on your face and know that everything will be hunky dory.

"We both live for today," she said.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Camelot Hotel with a dinner with friends and family.



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