Diamond Tapping couple still sparkling after 60 years of marriage


Pauline and Kenneth Lee. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Pauline and Kenneth Lee. Picture: Martin Kennealey

TAPPING residents Kenneth (85) and Pauline (79) Lee celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this month.

The couple, who married on April 20, 1957, have lived in Pineview Village for about 14 years after living in Greenwood for more than three decades.

Mrs Lee said they met at square dancing in 1954 and lived in Dianella for the first 14 years of their 60-year marriage.

While she was born and bred in WA, her husband’s family moved to Perth from Burma in 1947 following World War II.

Mrs Lee said highlights of their marriage included six cruises to countries such as Japan and New Zealand, and a trip to Burma.

“That was the first time my husband had been back there,” she said.

They have four children – Alison, Stephen, Glenn and Jennine – and seven grandchildren.

“Before retiring my dad was a state manager for Jasco, a stationery company,” daughter Jennine Eiffler said.

“Mum, when not performing domestic duties worked in real estate mainly as a property inspector.”

Thankful for family and having their bridal party of four still around, Mrs Lee said love was essential to making a marriage last.

“You certainly go through a lot of ups and downs; we’ve managed to work through a lot of problems,” she said.

“As long as you’ve got that love there, you cope.”

Mr Lee had remained quite active into his 80s and was still playing squash two years ago, although a stroke in February has affected his lower body mobility.