Fran and Des Navie of Booval celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on December 16.
Fran and Des Navie of Booval celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on December 16.

Dedicated couple loves their city

IPSWICH couple Fran and Des Navie have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in the city they grew up in and still adore.

The couple recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary at a surprise gathering of family in Ipswich to commemorate their marriage on December 16, 1950 in the Ipswich Methodist Church.

Mrs Navie, 79, grew up in Ipswich with seven brothers and five sisters.

Mr Navie, 83, was one of eight boys.

Their romance developed when the couple, who now live at Booval, met at a dance at the old Ipswich Trades Hall and married a few years later.

Mrs Navie said she used to attend the dances with her best friend Jacqueline, who is now her sister-in-law, and there they both found love in the Navie brothers.

“She met Des’s brother and we both married brothers,” Mrs Navie said.

Mr Navie supported his family by working in mines for 30 years and Mrs Navie spent many decades catering at the racecourse in between raising two sons and a daughter.

Still a keen cook, Mrs Navie took time out from preparing plum puddings to speak to The Queensland Times.

Mrs Navie said she loved Ipswich and had never wanted to move elsewhere.

“I couldn’t wish for a better place,” she said.

“We’ve had a big family and we’ve had a good life.”

When asked what the secret of their long and successful marriage was, Mrs Navie said the pair always “stuck together”.

“We’ve had our ups and downs, but I think everyone does; don’t they?” she asked.

“If people don’t get their own way they get grumpy, but we’ve got on well.

“I think when you’ve got company you’ve always got someone there and life’s what you make it.”

Mr and Mrs Navie’s children blessed the couple with three grandchildren.



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