By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Hudson/Northborough – In a day and age where nearly half of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce, a local couple have truly been the exception to that statistic. This year, on Aug. 5, Walter and Phyllis Munyon celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.
The couple was married in St. Luke's Church in Hudson in 1939 just before the United States became involved in WWII. In 1941 they moved from Hudson to Berlin.
Walter mainly worked as a house painter most of his life. He was also a custodian at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough from 1972 to 1982, retiring at age 65. He didn's stay retired for long, however, according to his family. He served as custodian at Trinity Church in Northborough for another 20 years until retiring at age 85. Born on the July 4, ?he recently celebrated his 97th birthday.
Phyllis was a homemaker and an avid painter. She had loved taking caring of her children, her family said, and enjoys collecting dolls. She is 92 years young.
The couple has seven children, 21 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren for a total of 92 in the family.
The Munyons have lived at the Heritage Village Northborough Senior Living Center since 1992. In the 22 years since they have been there, they have outlived all of the other original residents. Both are in excellent heath; do not need to use walkers to get around and still living independently.
Their secret for a long life, the couple said, is to eat well and to walk a lot. They also advise letting things “go in one ear and out the other.” ?In their marriage they focused on the good times and tried to forget the difficult times.
The family had a small celebration for their anniversary in Berlin July 26 with family traveling from as far away as New Jersey and Georgia.