65 years and they'd do it all again
By Bonnie Dickson?
March 25th, 2010 marked a tremendous occasion for Life Manor residents Ken and Cleo Knight. This was the day they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, complete with a beautiful three-tiered wedding cake, created by their daughter and a portrait of the pair on their wedding day. Family members were there to celebrate along with the residents of Life Manor Retirement Community.
Though Ken and Cleo's parents had been long time friends, the two had never met until Ken's sister coordinated the meeting. Ken was in the service in Aberdeen, Maryland and Cleo worked in nearby Harrisburg, PA. "I knew he was the one when I met him," said Cleo of their first meeting. And they wasted no time, "The fourth time we saw each other we were married," said Ken. The wedding ceremony was performed by Cleo's father in a church in Harrisburg and 2 days later Ken was shipped off to serve in the Phillipines. When he did return safely 21 months later the couple decided to move out west to Auburn, WA where most of their family was. In 1948 they crossed the country to Washington and have been living in the area ever since. They are the proud parents of 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
When they married quickly at a young age many people told them it wouldn't last, that they should have known each other longer, but 65 years later the Knight's have definitely proved them wrong. Their advice? "Keep up the romance. Be patient and understanding." Cleo summed it up best when she said, "I told him the other day, I'd marry him all over again."
Pictured: Ken & Cleo Knight celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary at Life Manor Retirement Community