Couple Celebrates 60 Years Together

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In 1947, "The Diary of Anne Frank" was first published, George Jones began his musical career and the Central Intelligence Agency was founded. Harry S. Truman was president, the world continued to rebuild after the devastation of World War II and communism was a growing threat.

Sixty years ago, the world was a different place.

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Charlie and Ruby Terry of Tonto Village celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

But one thing remains the same today as it was in 1947 -- the love between Charlie and Ruby Terry.

While the world was in a state of flux following the war, a young couple in Ashland, Ky. found constancy in each other's company during the two-mile walk to church every week.

They knew of each other for years, living in the same neighborhood in Ashland, and it didn't take many walks to church before Ruby recognized that there was something special between her and Charlie.

"I knew right away," she said.

So, when Charlie was driving Ruby home one night and pulled over to show her a ring, she had no hesitation accepting his proposal.

The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Tuesday.

Nineteen-year-old Charlie and 20-year-old Ruby were married on Jan. 16, 1947. The couple had three children -- two daughters and a son -- and moved to Mesa in 1960 because doctors advised Rudy to seek a warmer, drier climate.

Charlie worked in the fabricated steel industry while Ruby took care of their home and children.

Though their marriage was not without its hard times, Charlie and Ruby always pulled through.

"We've had our ups and downs," Ruby said. "But I'd say mostly ups."

The couple focused on each other and raising their three children, Rita, Karen and Joe, whom they said were the reason for doing everything.

"Our kids have been our life, plus each other," Ruby said. "We're thankful for that."

The couple lived in Mesa until 1983 when they moved to Tonto Village, whose tranquility appealed to them.

"It's peaceful, just like we like it," Ruby said. "We know just about everyone in Tonto Village. It's a close-knit community."

After 60 years together, the couple agrees that working hard was a big reason for their successful marriage. As for their outlook on the secret to a long, happy marriage, Ruby and Charlie have different takes.

"Don't stay mad at each other," Ruby said. "Don't go to sleep angry. Swallow your pride."

"I just do what she tells me to," Charlie said. "I learned that right away."

Ruby said that she and Charlie had no big anniversary plans in place for this year even though it is such a milestone.

"It just seems like any other day," Ruby said. "We've had so many of them.

"I am planning on at least another 20 anniversaries."

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