(Springfield News-Sun article, 4/17/09)
Six inducted into MRC’s Marriage Hall of Fame for long-lasting relationships
By Bridgette Outten
SPRINGFIELD — Don’t go to bed angry. Make your spouse feel important. Be secure in your marriage.
Those pieces of advice were a few words of wisdom from couples who were honored in a reception hosted by the Marriage Resource Center of Miami Valley on Thursday, April 16. They also have been inducted into MRC’s Black Marriage Hall of Fame.
But the advice wasn’t all serious.
“Smoking, drinking and real good blues,” Ralph Goodwin responded when asked about the secret of his 51-year-old marriage to his wife, Marlene.
Marlene Goodwin poked her husband affectionately and added, “respect for one another,” to the list.
The couples honored were the Goodwins, Darryl and Lynn Crockett, William and Hazel Carter, Sonny and Beverly Young, James and Ella Smith, and Clarence and Winifred Miller, who could not attend the reception. The five couples in attendance have more than 200 years of marriage combined.
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