Golden couple as much in love as they were 50 years ago
IT may seem like only yesterday David and Margaret Noye were exchanging vows, but their commitment has lasted a lifetime.
The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 9.
Aged 21 and 17 respectively on their wedding day in 1964, the long-time Gladstone residents are more than happy to share their secret of a successful marriage.
"He does what he is told," laughed Mrs Noye.
"But really, it's about having a black sense of humour and working together as a team."
The love the pair share is infectious, and the wider community has greatly benefited because of it.
Volunteering in a number of organisations such as the Scouting Association, Emergency Management Queensland and each acting as Justices of the Peace, the couple are well renowned in the local community.
Mr and Mrs Noye celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a dinner at Hog's Breath.
The Noye family has expanded to include four children, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren over the past half century.
"It's important in a marriage to be there for one another," said Mrs Noye. "No relationship is without its tragedies."
Mr and Mrs Noye also said contributing to activities and organisations together gave them a common passion and helped to keep them busy.
Daughter Paula Noye helped in the celebrations and said her parents were role models in love.
"I am extremely proud of them," she said.