Tribune-Courier features editor
Saturday marks an important milestone for Sam and Mary Walker. The couple will celebrate 70 years of wedded bliss.
The couple met while Sam was working at the Kentucky Dam. Mary’s brother, the late Willie Springs, was also working there and took Mary with one day. “It was love at first sight” they both said.
Just five months later the couple, along with Sam’s sister, Mary’s brother and mother traveled to Portageville, Mo. and were married.
“People ask us if we thought we’d be together for 70 years,” Mary explained, “I said no, I thought maybe 50 but not 70!”
The couple have four children, Linda Crider of Calvert City, Franklin Walker of Grand Rivers, Paula Stokes of Calvert City and Frances Snyder of Grand Rivers. They have eight grandchildren, 17 great- grandchildren and 5 great great-grandchildren.
Sam and Mary have lived in Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. Sam has worked multiple jobs but retired from Carbide Industries in Calvert City. He also has done a fair amount of carpentry work, including adding an addition to their home.
The couple have picked up a few hobbies over the years. Sam is an avid jelly producer and they both, along with help from their daughter, Francis Snyder, process the family’s deer meat.
Snyder reflected on her parents relationship and stated, “They really can’t stand being away from each other.” The most time the couple has spent away from one another was 11 days and that was only a couple years ago when Mary broke her hip. “They really are two halves of a whole,” she added.
When asked what the key is for a long lasting marriage, Mary quickly replied, “Give and take. You have to forgive.”
“When people tell me they don’t fight with their wife or husband, I know they’re lying to me.” Sam added.
Sam and Mary will celebrate their anniversary with a reception at Grand Rivers Senior Center at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited and the couple requests no gifts.