GOLDEN MOMENTS: Celebrating 50 years of love, Garnet and Jeanette Webber remembered their special day on the weekend with family and friends at the Club Hotel.
GOLDEN MOMENTS: Celebrating 50 years of love, Garnet and Jeanette Webber remembered their special day on the weekend with family and friends at the Club Hotel. Paul Braven GLATOGETHER

Couple courted over milkshakes, married for 50 years

GARNEY and Jeanette Webber courted over milkshakes, dances and the drive-in movies.

It was 1962.

Garney was down from Dalby, and boarding at a cafe. Jeanette was an Oakey girl, working at the co-op store.

Garnet, or Garney as he is known to his friends, swept Jeanette off her feet when they locked eyes at a cafe in Oakey.

They married there three years later in a church wedding ceremony - under strict timing instructions though.

"We had a farm and the cows wait for no one to be milked, so it had to be at 11am," she said.

Jeanette said the day Garney popped the question was not romantic at all, in fact it just came up in conversation.

"I'm not the gushy type," she said.

"We were in love and had talked about the future and the rest is history."

They had two children, Lynda and Bryan, and at that this family was complete.

They moved from Dalby to Townsville, before settling in Gladstone 45 years ago.

Garney set up his own business, and for a while Jeanette did the paperwork and administration.

They're retired now - he is restoring a '27 Chevrolet and she likes going down to The Pottery Place.

She says she still believes to this day she picked the nicest man.

"We're a yin and a yang," she said. "I nag and he's patient, so we complete each other."

The secret to a happy marriage? Having separate interests and keeping busy.

"The way to keep it blissfully happy is to be understanding and love always too," she said.

Fifty years after they got married, the couple had their anniversary lunch at exactly the same time.

The couple's love was celebrated with 60 friends and family members at the club hotel, complete with their original wedding attire, memorabilia and wedding meal.

They are already planning their next big anniversary.



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