Respect builds a strong bond

Valentine’s Day – celebrated on February 14 each year – is a wonderful time for couples to show their love.

TRUE LOVE: Roger and Marj Crouch celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in February. They met as teenagers and work to out-serve each other.

TRUE LOVE: Roger and Marj Crouch celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in February. They met as teenagers and work to out-serve each other.

But for Crystal Brook couple Roger and Marj Crouch, every day is a good opportunity to show their love and devotion to each other.

The well-known couple celebrated 50 years of marriage on February 4 with a function at the Crystal Brook RSL, where they held their wedding reception on that date in 1967.

After meeting when they were just 15 and still going to school, Marj and Roger had very close ties; Marj’s sister married Roger’s brother and her best friend was married to another of his brothers.

Marj said her mother was very concerned when they planned a January wedding that the weather would be too hot, so they put it off until February.

They had sweltering heat of 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 degrees Celsius) on the day they were wed at the Crystal Brook Uniting Church.

Their wedding day

Their wedding day

The couple lived on the Crouch family farm Billabong in Merriton, which Roger farmed for 32 years.

Roger and Marj welcomed three children Lindsay, Allison and Bruce into their family.

The couple then took on a business in Crystal Brook, Crouch Rural, which is now run as Pringles Crouch.

Now retired and enjoying their 11 grandchildren, the couple are hardworking community members and have contributed much back to the district over many years.

When asked what the secret was of maintaining 50 wonderful years of marriage, ever-practical Roger said it’s about “making a good choice”.

It is clear he made a great one the day he asked Marj to marry him.

But for Marj the recipe is about helping each other.

“Our motto is we try and out-serve each other,” she said.

“We have been very blessed and our strong faith has helped us through thick and thin.”

Congratulations to this lovely couple on their golden wedding anniversary and may they share many more happy years together.

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