Couple renews vows after seven decades of marriage

12:18 PM, Jun 6, 2010   |    comments
Ellen and Walker Robinette
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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - 25th wedding anniversaries are an occasion to celebrate, 50th anniversaries even more so. 

That said, it's no surprise that a 71st wedding anniversary was a big excitement in Citrus Heights.


Walker and Ellen Robinette celebrated more than seven decades of marital bliss over the weekend.


Ellen now lives in a nursing home, so the staff at ManorCare in Citrus Heights threw a party.


It wasn't just any shindig though; Walker and Ellen renewed their vows in front of a packed room full of family and friends.


The two were married in 1936 when Ellen was 17 years old and Walker was 20.


While celebrating their never-ending love, Walker said the most incredible part is how cheap their honeymoon to San Francisco and San Jose was -- all those years ago.

"I think one of the most amazing things is we left town with $35 in our pocket and we got home with a little less than $5," Walker said while holding Ellen's hand.


As with any long-lasting marriage, the experienced ones always have some advice for the new couples in town; but Walker's is simple.


"Be sure they love each other," he said. "The rest of it will take care of itself."


The newlyweds rarely spend anytime apart. Their children said Walker visits Ellen every single day.

By Nick Monacelli,


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