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Marilyn Hagerty: Local couple celebrates 65 years of marriage

I don’t know how long you have been married – but Mary Ann and Terry McKenna just rounded out 65 years of wedded bliss. They were married on Nov. 3, 1956 in Sacred Heart Church of Cando. She was 19, and he was 21.

Marilyn Hagerty

Dear Dave McFarlane,

By now, you and Kathy are settled back in your Florida home at Fort Myers. And here in Grand Forks we are hunkering down for winter.

Things seem to be going well. The UND hockey team won two games against Denver over the weekend. And Bubba Schweigert’s UND football team came up with a terrific last minute victory.

I don’t know how long you have been married – but Mary Ann and Terry McKenna just rounded out 65 years of wedded bliss. They were married on Nov. 3, 1956 in Sacred Heart Church of Cando. She was 19, and he was 21.

When we had lunch with them at Perkins, she wanted her pie first. You can do that when you reach seniority.

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“Well, how often do you come here?” I asked.

“Too often,” said Mary Ann.

She had been at a morning practice of the “Unforgettable Singers” that is led by MaryAnn Devig. Mary Ann and Terry are charter members of Holy Family Church.

Before retirement, Terry was a CPA with his McKenna Associates firm. He has been wearing his St. John’s University ring for 65 years. Their family is scattered. There are five children and 10 grandchildren. And four great grandchildren.

What do you do after 65 years of marriage?

Well, the McKennas have just brought in their lawn chairs from the summer.

You can see, Dave, what a great couple the McKennas are. You probably know them.

Around here, the talk has turned to turkey. Let’s hope there’s plenty around. Let’s hope we can turn the corner on prevention of coronavirus.

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Your friend, Marilyn

Reach Marilyn Hagerty online at mhagerty@gra.midco.com .

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