AFTER almost 70 years of marriage, the love lives on for Mandurah couple Mark Levis and his wife Eva as Valentine’s Day approaches.
The couple, who were both born in the Goldfields, celebrated 68 years of marriage last month and readily admit their happy union has centred on always being deeply in love with each other.
After Mark spotted his future sweetheart while she was working at her window dressing job in Kalgoorlie’s town centre, the couple officially met at a dance in April 1950 and after dating for only nine months, were married at the local Church of England.
After having their three children – one girl and two boys – the couple moved to Wundowie in 1965, where Mark worked as a superintendent at the local charcoal, iron and steel mill for more than 21 years.
From there, the couple moved to Mandurah in 1986, where their family grew to include nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
“I’ve always been deeply in love with Eva and have had a feeling that I was actually put on this world to protect and look after her,” Mr Levis said.
He now lives independently from his wife but visits her most days at Mercy Place Mandurah.
“We’ve shared everything and have always talked things through and while we’ve certainly had disagreements during our marriage, which is completely normal, we’ve always believed in give and take and compromise, and have always trusted each other,” Mr Levis said.
Mercy Health Mandurah service manager Christina Venables said couples such as Mark and Eva epitomised what Valentine’s Day was all about: having true commitment and respect for each other, as well as love.
“Mark and Eva’s partnership is a true testament to a long and happy marriage,” she said.
“It will be wonderful to see them celebrate Valentine’s Day.
“Mark visits Eva pretty much every day at Mercy Place Mandurah and it’s clear to see that the couple are still very much in love.”