TROY — A simple wave has turned into a lifetime of memories for one Troy couple.
Harold and Jean Melvin have been married for 68 years following that fateful day when Jean and a friend were in her front yard and Harold and a friend drove by on their motor scooters. Jean, then a 10th grader at Newton, waved — Melvin turned around and came back — and the rest is history.
“And it was all over,” Jean said, laughing.
The couple married on Sept. 16, 1950, and raised two daughters, Vicki Moore and Marla Elliott, both of Troy. They also now have four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, with one on the way.
Harold, who was a year out of high school and working at Troy Sunshade when they met, retired from Dinner Bell in 1990, when the business closed. Jean was employed as a deputy registrar for the state of Ohio, and held her Realtor’s license for more than 20 years.
Jean, a self-proclaimed cleaning fanatic, busies her days with family and making sure there are no water spots on the faucets, and Harold continues woodworking, and has made items such as grandfather clocks, benches and corner cupboards.
Their key to longevity? Actually spend time together.
“And ‘yes, ma’am,” Harold, who will turn 90 soon, quipped. “Do things together and always remember the ‘yes, ma’am.”
“Enjoy the little things in life and later in life will take care of itself,” Jean said.
She also offered a bit of knowledge to fellow women.
“I also learned early on that the only time you can change a man is when he is a baby,” she joked.
The Melvins said they have many years yet to go and things they want to accomplish — like the honeymoon that has eluded them for 68 years.
“I’m just so thankful to my God that he has seen to let me live this long,” Jean said.