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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Couple's secret for long marriage: respect

  • It was at the Northside Baptist Church, about 80 years ago, when 14-year-old Loydine Jeffers noticed Bill Hulsey.
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  • It was at the Northside Baptist Church, about 80 years ago, when 14-year-old Loydine Jeffers noticed Bill Hulsey.
    She had joined the church at the age of nine, and he joined a few years later, at 11.
    "I was pretty particular about boys and I just happened to see him," Loydine said.
    Her parents were active in the church, often hosting youth gatherings at their home.
    It was at one of those occasions that the couple, now in their 74th year of marriage, began.
    "At 14 we noticed each other," Bill said. "We married at 20. Our church has been our life."
    Monday, April 29 marked the couple's 74th wedding anniversary.
    The Hulseys, now 94 and residing in the Spring Hill Assisted Living Center, were married on what Loydine remembers as a nice spring day in 1939.
    "We went to the pastor's house and my sister and her husband went with us and we were married there at the pastor's house," Loydine said.
    "And it cost me $2," Bill said. "A day's wages."
    The couple built their lives together in Neosho, where they were both raised.
    After they were first married, the couple resided in an apartment in downtown Neosho, near what is now the Newton County Emergency Management Center.
    Bill worked at a feed mill during World War II, worked as a refrigeration engineer and later started a poultry farm, and served as one of the original founders of Moark.
    Meanwhile, Loydine worked at home, and the couple raised three children, Ruth Ann Campbell, Bill Hulsey Jr. and the late Roger Hulsey.
    After 74 years of marriage, the couple says they're just as much in love as ever.
    "We've always had deep respect for one another," Loydine said. "We had our good times and our bad times, but we've had more good times than bad."
    Loydine said her advice for a long, happy marriage is to compromise.
    "Mine is to say 'yes' all the time," Bill said with a laugh.
    "If we had it to do all over again, we'd start earlier," he added.

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