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Owens celebrate more than 50 years of marriage

When it comes to knowing how to make a marriage last, Leta and Richard Owen could probably write the book. They tied the knot on May 16, 1959, recently marking 58 years of marriage.  

“We met at a wedding, and I called her six times before she’d go on a date with me to a drive-in movie,” said Richard.  

Both Leta and Richard graduated from Fulton High School. Leta worked for the Missouri Department of Education for 40 and a half years, and Richard retired from AZZ Electric after 30 years of service.  

Richard and Leta have a niece, Stacy Bonderer, that they’re very close with, and have lived at Fulton Presbyterian Manor since December 2016. While they’ve enjoyed a long, successful marriage, Richard admits his wedding day wasn’t his favorite.  

“My wedding day was terrible; standing up there for 20 minutes with everyone looking at you was horrible. I just wanted to say ‘I do’ and go on.”

Not long after they exchanged vows, they went on their honeymoon, which included a visit to a train engine.  

“Richard likes train engines,” said Leta. “But Richard forgot his billfold in the hotel. We went back to the hotel and it was still there. At that time the hotels were family owned and not corporate.”

When asked the key to a long marriage, they said patience, forgiveness, and sometimes you just have to turn the other cheek.

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