Marriage Longevity
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Lives in sync

Marriage | Despite his blindness, Smokey Nevins and his wife Patty raised a large family and learned to care for each other
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/23/20, 11:50 pm

17TH IN A SERIES ON LONG MARRIAGES

Robert “Smokey” Nevins met his future wife at California’s Sacramento State University. Smokey, born blind, needed someone to drive him to a music appreciation class, so he checked the school’s list of assistant readers for, he said, “girls with pretty names.” He decided to call Patricia.

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Serving the church together

Lifestyle | Gary and Lois Taylor find joy in pastoral ministry, but Lois didn’t always see it that way
by Charissa Koh
Posted 7/29/20, 04:57 pm

16th in a series on long marriages

Lois Taylor said she would marry anyone but a pastor.

Growing up as a pastor’s kid, Lois saw her dad working long hours of ministry. She perceived her mother, who was always at home, as isolated and lonely. At church, people expected her mom to do particular ministries just because she was the pastor’s wife. Lois remembered her mom also believed she couldn’t have friends in the church, as that might look like favoritism.

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God always provided

Lifestyle | Ron and Sandra Johanesen strove to trust God—and each other—while raising a family and living on a single income
by Charissa Koh
Posted 7/02/20, 05:07 pm

15th in a series on long marriages

High-school senior Ron Johanesen was visiting his best friend Leeroy’s house after a game of mud football when he first noticed Leeroy’s sister—a “beautiful blond girl.” Ron learned he and Sandra went to the same Portland, Ore., church. He soon asked her to be his date for a formal event at school.

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