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5 Sun City couples celebrate 70-year anniversaries

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SUN CITY, Ariz. -

Not every couple is able to reach their 70th wedding anniversary, so it's amazing when you see a celebration like today's. These five Sun City couples are all celebrating 70 years together, and each one is sharing their secrets to a long-lasting marriage.

There's going to be a big dinner Thursday night at Royal Oaks Retirement Community. Five couples will be honored -- each one is celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this year.

"We've been married 70 years, we lived together four years before we were married," says Bet Wilbur.

Bet and Chuck Wilbur were married back in 1943 when gas was just 15 cents a gallon. Now they have five great-grandchildren.

"Got to be lucky and fortunate all your life to make it this far, believe me we've been lucky," says Chuck.

These couples are sharing their secrets to a long-lasting marriage. Myron and Sylvia Masny tied the knot when homes were selling for an average of $3,600.

"Taking care of each other, being there for each other," says Sylvia.

"It was love at first sight," says Myron.

"Now don't tell a lie," laughs Sylvia.

Traveling around the world is one way that Ward and Glenna Fountain have kept feeling young for 7 decades now.

"We've done a great deal of traveling around the world and I think that's kept life interesting for us," says Glenna Fountain.

Tonight's celebration at Royal Oaks is expected to be a walk down memory lane for all these couples

"70 years and we met in the second grade," says Wanda Coats. "And it took all the way through high school to really get him."

World War II was raging when the Coats' got married. Like the others, Dave and Kay Rathgen also got hitched during the war.

"I was in World War II, enlisted man, stationed in New York City," says Dave Rathgen. "I learned about the scriptures and studying the word. I found out how important it is for a man to love his wife and honor his spouse."

All five couples will be honored by family and friends for their 70 years together. It's a big accomplishment.

Altogether these couples have 11 children, 18 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

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