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VI couple celebrating 75 yrs of marriage today

- special celebration planned for Mr William I. Rhymer & Josephine Rhymer
Waking up this morning September 25, 2015 is a special gift from God to Mr William I. Rhymer and Josephine Rhymer as it marks the celebration of a 75 year old union in marriage. Photo: Provided
Reflecting on 7 decades of marriage? William and Josephine Rhymer at their 72nd wedding anniversary celebration on September 25, 2012. Photo: Provided/File
Reflecting on 7 decades of marriage? William and Josephine Rhymer at their 72nd wedding anniversary celebration on September 25, 2012. Photo: Provided/File
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – Waking up this morning September 25, 2015 is a special gift from God to Mr William I. Rhymer and Josephine Rhymer as it marks the celebration of a 75 year old union in marriage.

Mr William Isaac Rhymer married Josephine Nibbs on September 25, 1940 at Road Town Methodist Church and from this union were born 10 children.

Like the management and staff of this news site, their children Allan Rhymer, Dennis Rhymer, Joseph Rhymer, Henry Rhymer, Joyce Mack, Shirley Abednego, William Rhymer, Elroy Rhymer, Janet Niles and Violet de Castro are singing the ‘Happy Anniversary’ cheers to them.

Every year their children stage a celebratory activity for the special couple but today is one with an exception where the celebration has gone a notch up as a 75 year old matrimonial milestone is seen as rare in the territory and is worthy of special honour.

Reflecting on the things that attributed to their long and successful life of togetherness, at the celebration of the 74th anniversary in 2014, the couple had a conversation with this news site when they explained what is it that managed to keep them together for so long.

“We kiss one another,” was the short answer from Josephine who is 94. “Friendship…love. We’re living in a blissful home,” said William who is 97. “And we’re fighting that good fight,” he said.

Asked how they met, Josephine said they met at a picnic in Soldier Hill. “He came up to me,” she recalled.

“I had to write to her parents to date her,” recalled William. He said in those days one had to give about eight days or so notice that one wanted to go out on a date with a young lady. “But sometimes they take months to give you an answer,” he said.

William spoke of working on the sea and facing storms and not being around his family for lengthy periods. But he said he braved the weather since “God is good. I pass through a lot of hard time on that seawater but God is good.”

The aged couple continues to be surrounded by their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

7 Responses to “VI couple celebrating 75 yrs of marriage today”

  • pat (25/09/2015, 09:17) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    WOW kudos to the Rymers
  • Love (25/09/2015, 09:32) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wish this kind of love still exsisted as well as respect. Lovely story! <3
  • Trendy (25/09/2015, 10:17) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    I have followed the Rhymer's anniversaries over the years and I am so amazed of such a strong bond and love that survived all these years, I congratulate them. On another note I think the Government should interview the Rhymers to record not only what they did to maintain a long relationship but also what they did to have long life.. Seriously, the food they eat, what foods to avoid, drinks, their belief in medication, herbs used, their day to day activities, etc. I wouldnt be surprised if they say that they have a stong relationship with God and dont allow anything to stress them out. We could learn a lot from thee folks, knowledge is power and getting vital information from them might just have some great value and save some lives and marriages. Again. Congratulation to the Rhymers, may God continue o bless you both.
  • what a pity (25/09/2015, 11:07) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Violeh cant break that record at all.
  • Voter Too (25/09/2015, 12:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Trendy I agree with you and it should be documented too. Mom used to say you hand to know how to turn corn and iron a well starched clothing especially a white starched shirt and many more before you married etc. We need to bring back some a these Ole time something
  • Joc (25/09/2015, 13:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow this is such a wonderful article!
  • cat (26/09/2015, 09:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    God's richest blessings be upon them now and forever.


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