Prayers and goodnight kisses keep Esther and Chester's marriage strong for 77 years

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  • Walt Nicholes Orem, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 3:51 p.m.

    Another 35 years and that will be our story!

  • Hey It's Me Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    Let's not turn this beautiful love story into pro-gay or gay bashing. Let's leave this as their beautiful love story. CONGRATULATIONS AND HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    Talk about having a fixed smile on your face after seeing their picture and reading about their life. Wow...we all could experience that great joy. Bless their hearts.

  • BlueEyesBrittany Paris, 00
    Feb. 14, 2014 12:18 p.m.

    Yes that is what marriage and love should .... faithful, committed and in love from the first day to the last ... all of this mutual .... and a concern about making it work, about one another welfare, a dedication and dialoguing things out ... and taking deep breath when things get a littel heated .. so that they can be discussed later when things have cooled off.

  • nycut New York, NY
    Feb. 14, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    "Why do I have this sneaking suspicion that I won't find the same joy on a gay marriage after 77 years?"

    Honestly, I'm not sure why you'd spend any time at all speculating on the level of joy in a long-lasting gay marriage.

    Obviously, a "bigoted or cynical view on marriage" is not to blame for such a mean-spirited post, but a bigoted or cynical view on gay people could be. Or it could simply be lack of experience.

    Last week, I had dinner with six couples (gay) whose relationships ranged from 15 to 60 years. They might be mildly curious to know why you are so invested in rooting for their demise, and baffled as to why you think it would be inevitable.

    Seeing and knowing these couples, it is easy to relate to the joy we all feel when we find the one our heart loves and build a life-long conversation together filled with love and understanding.

  • deaconjones33 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 11:05 a.m.

    These are my wife's grandparents and I never had grandparents to speak of really. These two are the best ever. You can't help but sit at their side and know you are apart of something really special. Love these two so much!!!!!! Happy Valentines Day!

  • Danclrksvll Erin, TN
    Feb. 14, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    Now that is marriage as it should be, a male and female walking through life together, holding fast to sacred covenants and promises made to each other.

  • RFLASH Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    They need to find more stories like this one! It just makes you feel good. You couldn't ask for much better. I am gay. It has been hard lately with people getting so upset about same sex marriage. We are not attacking wonderful marriages like this one, we want to share our lives with somebody as much as anybody. I tried it with a woman. It didn't work and I know it won't. I have been with my partner for 15 years! I love him more every year and our lives together has been good! We have been happy! We wern't among those who got married in December. I felt so disapointed! I grew up Mormon. I understand how they believe, but it is very painful. I read wonderful stories like this and I miss being able to talk to members and share my life.Our families have supported us. I think many people misunderstand us! They judge us. We can't have everything. You are both a great example. God bless you.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 6:36 a.m.

    Charley Pride sang. "You've got to, Kiss an angle good morning and let her know your thinking about her when your gone". I've been doing that for 35 years, It worked for me. So far so good.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 11:43 p.m.

    Thank You Chester and Esther for your wonderful example.