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70 years and counting: What makes a marriage last

Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 8:40 AM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - 70 years of living is not that unusual, but when it comes to the length of a marriage, celebrating seven decades happens few and far between. In April of 2021 Melvin and Juanita Kent enjoyed their 70th wedding anniversary with a drive by celebration at their home in Mississippi Town in Birmingham.

“Putting the Lord first is what has helped us to remain faithful and in love,” said Melvin. “She is my life and I have had so many great days because of her and because she is a priority to me. It has been a great time and we have a lot more coming.”

“He has always taken care of me,” said Juanita. “I love him a whole heap a lot. He takes care of me, always has. When he would come home late from work I would worry, but when he came through that door, all would be good.”

The Kents have been devoted to each other, but have also served others, Melvin as a school custodian, usually working two jobs at a time. Juanita was a cafeteria worker in a school and is known for her homemade biscuits.

They have one son, Harold, who lives in Georgia. He was adopted by the Kent’s at a very early age. His presence completed the family and made it better.

Melvin and Juanita share their love for one another in this interview and talk about how their marriage has survived the test of time and they even share some tips to help us all find or remain in love with that special person forever.

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