(Photo submitted)

Bentley couple celebrates 60th anniversary

They still laugh, hold hands, play crib and fish says daughter

After 60 years of marriage, although Jack and Irene Miller’s bodies may be starting to slow down, nothing about their love has faded with time.

“They still hold hands and they still have that sparkle in their eyes when they look at each other,” said their daughter Cathy Fadden, adding to look at them, you just know they worship each other.

Jack, 88, and Irene 82, of Bentley celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Nov. 5.

Due to COVID-19, there was just a small family gathering to mark the occasion. The couple went out to dinner in Lacombe with their children — Fadden, Fred, Linda and Dennis Miller — and Irene’s brother, Elmer Berg.

The pair still resides in their own home in Bentley, where they’ve lived for 20 years.

Although the quiet couple may not be well-known in Bentley, they’ve been central Alberta residents for 45 years, with ties in Lacombe and Ponoka.

And to their family, they are everything, and the epitome of what marriage should be.

Fadden says her parents are “absolutely” an example to her of wedded bliss.

“We learned through their examples the importance of strong morals and hard work, and that, no matter what, family comes first,” she said.

It’s a hard standard to live up to, but one the family cherishes.

What Fadden admires most about her parents is that they may become annoyed with each other, but they never allow it to turn to anger, she says.

They also have a strong sense of humour that carries them through their days, and brings a lightness to every-day situations.

“They’re comical, humorous and teasing each other all the time,” said Fadden.

When the couple met, Irene was living on a farm near Tees and Jack was in Summerland.

Fadden says they chuckle when they recall how they met playing ball.

Previous to living in Bentley, the couple raised their kids in Lacombe during their school-age years, residing there for 25 years. They also have family in the Ponoka area.

Fadden’s childhood was filled with family camping trips, and her parents still get out and enjoy nature, camping and fishing, even in their golden years.

Open Creek Dam is one of the couple’s favourite spots to fish close to home.

Almost every morning after breakfast, her parents play a game of crib.

In years past, they played competitively, and they still retain a love of the game and other board games and cards.

Every time the family visits, one game or another is pulled out, says Fadden.

When asked about any advice they could give to younger couples, Irene says to “always put the other first” and Jack says “don’t fight.”

“We truly won the lottery when it comes to parents,” said Fadden.

“There was always sincerity and understanding, love and laughter, cards and wilderness adventures.”

centralalberta

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

File Photo
Rimbey RCMP give tips to creating an emergency kit

Local RCMP also responded to 42 calls for service over the last week

park
Paskapoo Park staff and volunteers await the word when they can again welcome visitors to explore the site

In the meantime, summer help has been hired to maintain grounds and buildings

As of Friday, Alberta has under 10,000 active COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy CDC)
Alberta reports 2,271 new COVID-19 cases, Red Deer cases rise slightly

Across Alberta, there are 666 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 146 in the ICU

Advocate file photo
Harness racing returning to Lacombe track

Track on 2 Racing and Event Centre has high hopes for 2021

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Rimbey RCMP respond to 32 calls for service

These files include two thefts of trucks, three fraud-related investigations and two other types of theft complaints

Two passengers were recently fined thousands of dollars after they faked their pre-flight COVID-19 test results. (Paul Clarke/Black Press)
2 passengers in Canada fined thousands for faking pre-flight COVID-19 tests

The government issued a warning Thursday to others thinking of doing the same – do it and you’ll be ordered to pay

A wild rabbit grazes in Nanaimo, B.C. in this Feb.2, 2018 photo. Rabbit owners in Alberta are being warned about a deadly virus that was identified in a southern Alberta household last month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dirk Meissner
‘Like a flash fire:’ Rabbit owners warned about outbreak of deadly disease in Alberta

The disease is confined to rabbits and cannot spread to humans

A lady wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada may find it challenging to reach herd immunity from COVID-19, experts say

Level of immunity among the population changes with the variants, especially the more transmissible strains

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dip in COVID-19 cases with 572 newly announced in B.C.

No new deaths have been reported but hospitalized patients are up to 481, with 161 being treated in intensive care

A dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination is prepared at a mobile clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, in Montreal, Friday, April 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved for kids 12 to 15 years old in Canada

The vaccine was previously authorized for anyone at least 16 years of age or older

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to speakers appearing by video during a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday May 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada will align policy on ‘vaccine passports’ with international allies: Trudeau

Trudeau says Canadians could begin travelling outside the country again by summer

Ranging from 11 to 20 in age and representing seven provinces and one territory, the plaintiffs are appealing a Supreme Court judge’s decision to dismiss their lawsuit last fall. (David Suzuki Foundation)
15 youths not backing down in their fight to sue Ottawa over climate change inaction

The group has filed an appeal after their lawsuit was struck down by a Federal Court judge last fall

A 2021 census questionnaire. (Black Press Media file photo)
2021 census responses due May 11

By law, every household must complete a census questionnaire

Most Read