TROY — Adjustment and forgiveness are two of the keys to a long marriage.
Don and Ondalee Beasley of Piqua have done some of both during their 66-year marriage.
The couple, who met working for Decker’s Packaging Plant in Piqua, dated for six months before being married on Sept. 24, 1950.
Prior to meeting, Ondalee, attended Newton schools and worked for Piqua Memorial Hospital, and Don, a Houston student, joined the Army, serving for 2 1/2 years.
The two said it was pretty much love at first sight.
“Pretty much,” said Don, who retired from Goodrich. “I just liked the looks.”
“Was it?” Ondalee said laughing. “Yes, it was. I just thought he was cute.”
Together, the two say they have lived a long, happy life that includes traveling to all but three states in the country in their motor home, and lots of family time on their boat at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky.
“We loved it,” Don said. “We used to have a lot of fun. We’re fortunate,” Don said.
Family time now also includes seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren from their four children, Terry, Joe, Linda and Mary.
“Our time has went fast,” said Ondalee, who said she remembers that the couple could buy two sacks of groceries for $5 when they married.
These days the couple also enjoy their routine, which includes having lunch at some of their favorite places: Mondays at Dairy Queen, Wednesdays at Steak ‘n Shake and Fridays at Subway. On Thursdays, one of their granddaughters brings her children for lunch, which they say they always enjoy.
The key to their longevity, they both say, is forgiveness.
“If we have a little spat, well, you just have to forgive,” said Ondalee, who said all four of their children also have had long marriages. “If you love this man you’re married to, you will.”
“You learn to adjust, doggone it, you have to,” he said, looking lovingly at Ondalee.