Couple celebrates a berry wonderful marriage
Together they’ve watched 57 Strawberry Days parades, missing only one for a very special occasion – their wedding. This year, Paul and Marilyn Rippy will bask in wedding anniversary bliss while celebrating Colorado’s oldest continuous civic festival as the Strawberry Days parade grand marshals.”Why us?” Marilyn said she kept thinking when she found out about the honor. For anyone else wondering, the answer is simple. On June 20, 1948, Paul and Marilyn exchanged vows at the Methodist church, right in the middle of the Strawberry Days commotion.”It just seemed like a good day,” Marilyn said Since that day in 1948, the couple has lived in Glenwood Springs, raising five children, and spoiling 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. As if the two needed more accolades, in more than 20,000 days of breathing mountain air, not one day has passed without them saying “I love you” to each other. While most people would sigh, and probably sigh again, before describing 57 years of marriage, it took just one familiar tune to jog the Rippys’ memory.”We sing: We both made a promise that we’d never part/sweethearts forever/forever my sweetheart,” Marilyn sang.They said they knew they’d be sweethearts forever , but celebrating their love with an entire town never crossed their minds.”It’s taken us both by surprise,” Marilyn said.In fact, when they received the call, Paul said he had to think about it.”I’ve never been known to make snap decisions,” Paul joked. He admitted that it was his wife who twisted his arm.”I thought it was quite an honor.” Marilyn said. “It’s not something you’re asked to do every year, so it’s quite an honor.With their children in the crowd, and a town standing by, Paul and Marilyn will ride the parade route, celebrating Strawberry Days and 57 years of matrimony. But before Saturday ends, Marilyn said, she’ll celebrate with her husband, without the kids, and without the locals.With a smile aimed at Paul, she said, “He just might take me out to dinner.”
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