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53 years of marriage...Couple bask in significant milestone

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2015 | 1:09 PM
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Joyce and Basil Bunting renew their vows at the Boundbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church in celebration of 53 years of marriage.


For more than half a century, Basil and Joyce Bunting have pledged their love to each other, while weathering the storm of life in a matrimonial relationship that continues to flourish.

The couple celebrated 53 years of marriage just recently in a church setting, which was considered fitting as they also renewed their wedding vows in front of a capacity crowd at the Boundbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church.

"It has been long and challenging; however, we have had many special moments. Our children also played a major role in this relationship as they are valued by us. We try in every way to work out our differences, and the love and respect that we have for each other is what has kept this marriage alive. Looking back at what we have been through sometimes brings a warm feeling in my heart, especially given the fact that there are so many broken marriages. But the key is to allow God to take charge," said Mrs Bunting.

The two, who are residents at Snow Hill in Portland, got married in 1962, the same year that Jamaica gained its Independence from Britain. However, the relationship existed long before that - the couple's three children were born out of wedlock. The marriage would later bear three other children, who are now adults.

How they met

"I met my wife some years ago while working as a raftsman. Back then, I was involved in transporting tourists on bamboo-fashioned rafts on the Rio Grande down to Saint Margaret's Bay. At the time, Joyce was working with a lady, and I oftentimes rode by on my bicycle and saw her walking out a little child. To be truthful, it was like love at first sight, and I deliberately rode by that particular area just to see her. The rest is history, and now we are celebrating a long but lovely marriage, "Mr Bunting told Family and Religion.

The couple, who surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ more than 25 years ago, are deeply rooted in their Christian faith, and are actively involved in church-related duties, with Basil being an ordained elder and Joyce, a deaconess.

The survival of their long-standing marriage is strictly based on love, trust, support, and serving God, which, according to them, are the recipe for a good and stable marriage.