"You have to work to keep romance alive; it doesn’t just happen. Joe and I got married in 1948, and we were married for 63 years until he died. We traveled together, talked a lot, and hugged a lot. One time when I was on a trip with my sisters, he sent flowers to me at the hotel where we were staying. He was always doing things like that. Of course we fussed a little once in a while; I guess most couples do. I’ve known people who say they’ve never had a cross word with their husband or wife, but sometimes it takes a little fussing. You have to communicate; you have to get it out. Sometimes I’d go to bed mad, but I wouldn’t get up that way. By morning, I was over it. The main reason is that I couldn’t remember what I was mad about."
Wedding day, 1948
Mary Lois enjoys playing the piano (plays by ear).