Over a year ago, two area couples from Moravia — both celebrating 65 years of marriage this summer — were nominated for The Citizen’s annual Valentine’s Day story highlighting couples who have been married for more than 50 years.
The stories of Willard and Gloria Jackson and Charles and Mildred Jackson are unique. Willard and Charles are brothers, and they grew up with Gloria and Mildred, who have also always been close friends.
The four of them grew up in the same neighborhood their whole lives, getting together to play softball in the summers or slide down the hills in the winter. Gloria has even lived on the same street her whole life, and now she and Willard live in the very same house where Mildred happened to live many years ago.
“We’ve always been friends with them,” Mildred said of Gloria and Willard. “We’ve always done things together.”