Couple shares secret of 70-year marriage

Updated: Sep. 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Just behind a fence at Watertown’s Samaritan Summit Village is Mary Reardon to her left?

“My husband Pete, Clarence Pete,” she said.

Clarence and Mary Reardon have done something that most don’t get the chance to do: celebrate seven decades as a married couple.

“We’ve had a good time for our 70 years and we’re happy we made it,” Mary said.

Originally from Mannsville and Sandy Creek, the happy couple met in their teens after a little help from a friend.

“We were coming home on the school bus and she says, ‘you wait, I got a guy in here I want you to meet.’” Mary said. “So he came out, and I took one look at him. He was tall, red headed, and handsome, and that was it.”

Mary and Clarence were married on September 16, 1950, and what came from that marriage, what they say is their biggest accomplishment: their two children.

“The greatest time of my life,” Clarence said.

For 70 years, everything they’ve done, they’ve done hand in hand. Their secret to success?

“I would say never go to bed mad and if you start to have an argument, stop and say to yourself, is it worth it,” Mary said. “And Peter, what do you think?”

“You know the best thing: a happy wife, a happy life,” Clarence said.

It’s a life these two say they’ve cherished -- and now onto the next year ahead.

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