Local Couple Celebrates 70 Years

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Updated: 1/18/2013 9:15 pm

Not very many married couples can say they made it 70 years. But one pocatello husband and wife said, "I do," 70 years ago this January 20 and they are going to celebrate it this saturday. Summer Joy stopped by earlier to find out their key to a successful marriage.

Their relationship began at The 30 Club in Pocatello, a friend of Kenton's helped build it and they wanted to check it out. Shirley was visiting her married sister and they wanted to go out for a fun night, which Shirley added, her mother definitely wouldn't have approved of, but there they met and the journey began.

"I just thought I would like to date her," said Kenton Pincock.

"I thought he was pretty handsome," said Shirley.

They dated about four months and they were corresponding through letters. One of the last letters he wrote to her stated the notion of him needing a cook, and would she be interested in moving down to Arizona and getting married.

She said yes, and she planned to finish her last year of high school in Mesa. But they said it was quite the trip to get there.

"Greyhound bus broke down on the Malad Pass and that put her in a day late and I was wondering is she might have changed her mind," added Kenton.

As soon as they arrived in Mesa, Kenton wasted no time with his new bride to seal the deal.

"All the county officers were closed, we had to go over to the guys' house to get a marriage license to his home," said Kenton.

They have five children, 21 grandchildren, and 46 great grandchildren. Kenton and Shirley say the key to their marriage is commitment.

"The thing you got to do is forgive and forget, during your married life. We always had a good time together. She helped me and I helped her. I didn't leave everything up to her, because she was the house wife. I got in and helped her and she has done the same for me," said Kenton and Shirley.

Thank you to Pincock family for sharing your story with us.  We wish them a very happy anniversary!

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Canuck - 1/19/2013 11:50 PM
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Happy anniversary! See you in June. Grandson by marriage from Canada. :)
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