The secret to 70 years


Tuohy aged care home residents Daphne and George Mitchell are presented their cake by clinical nurse manager Mina Pindolia. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d449644
Tuohy aged care home residents Daphne and George Mitchell are presented their cake by clinical nurse manager Mina Pindolia. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d449644

He and wife Daphne (92) celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last Tuesday at Midland’s Tuohy aged care home.

Daphne’s advice was not much different to her husband’s.

“The secret is if I win all the time,” she laughed.

Daphne said George’s good sense of humour also helped.

The pair met in Sydney, where they were married on February 9, 1946, five months after World War II ended.

George had been in the army – which he joined at just 16 – and Daphne the Australian Women’s Land Army.

Soon after the wedding, the couple headed west and settled in Belmont, then later in Mt Helena, where they remained for 50 years and raised their family.

The two eldest of the couple’s five children, Robyn and Phillip, came to the home to celebrate.

Robyn (70) admired what her parents had achieved.

“It’s not something you hear of every day, they’ve done well,” she said.

“It’s been great since they moved here; it’s nice that they’re together.”

George moved into Tuohy late last year, and Daphne joined her husband a few weeks ago.

The nursing home arranged an anniversary cake and ‘pop-up’ cafe in the garden to honour the milestone.

“They do everything together,” clinical nurse manager Mina Pindolia said.

“They share a room and come for meals together.

“They even still hold hands.”

Ms Pindolia said the couple had distinctive personalities.

“George is a jolly, cheerful man,” she said.

“Daphne is quieter, but always has a smile on her face.”

As well as their five children, they have 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, with another great-grandchild on the way.

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