Milestones of togetherness

"A marriage is like growing a garden. It has to be planted, nurtured and watered with love every single day. The harvest of a long and happy partnership is well worth the effort." - D.W. and Viola Colvin

Married 78 years ago on Aug. 8, 1920, in Fort Thomas, Ariz., and later sealed in the Arizona Temple. They farmed in Eden, Ariz. He was a Graham County Highway Department and Arizona State Highways foreman for many years. He served as ward clerk and in other callings, and she has taught Relief Society and has been Primary organist. She enjoys performing music. Members of the Pima 1st Ward, Pima Arizona Stake. Parents of three sons, they have 10 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

"Our parents taught us that marriage is a very serious thing. They said to take a very good look at the person you are going to marry because you are going to be with him or her forever. We were taught to work out our problems." - James and Verda Nessen

Married 70 years ago on Aug. 8, 1928, in the Logan Temple. He operated a dry farm and served on the Soil Conservation District and was National Watershed Man of the Year. He served on the high council, and as bishop and bishop's counselor. She was also involved in community service and served as stake Primary Board member, ward Primary president and counselor, Relief Society president's counselor, and teacher in the auxiliaries. Members of the Howell Ward, Garland Utah Stake. Parents of three children, they also reared a nephew. They have 18 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

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