Rockwall couple go platinum: Fergusons celebrates 70 years of marriage | Lifestyles


This weekend, Rockwall’s Shirley and Davey Ferguson will mark a milestone few get to celebrate: a platinum wedding anniversary.

The two 92-year-old men first met when they were 14 and (Thursday) have now been married for 70 years. Despite the decades that have passed since then, the two still remember their first meeting and the early years of their courtship.

Davey first met Shirley while visiting his family’s farm in Commerce, Oklahoma.

“The first day I saw Shirley she was shoveling dung, but I thought she was the cutest girl I ever saw,” Davey said.

Similar to her husband, Shirley also has laughing memories of the early days of their relationship, as she was a true ‘country girl’ when he didn’t have so much experience of rural life.

“The first time we went riding I had to saddle and bridle the horse for him because he had never done it before,” said Shirley.

Eight years after their first meeting, the two got married. By this time Davey was serving in the US Air Force and Shirley had recently graduated from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) and was about to begin her teaching career.

Davey eventually served 24 years in the Air Force before retiring as a Master Sergeant, then worked at the White Sands Missile Range in El Paso in 1975 and retired in 1993.

As for Shirley, she taught mostly first grade during her 18 years as an educator and was named teacher of the year twice while working in El Paso.

Nowadays, even in their 90s, the two remain happily engaged in different activities.

“We’re 92 so we don’t go out a lot, but I love reading and Davey loves going on the internet,” Shirley said.

Regarding being somewhat tech-savvy for a senior, Davey said, “Oh, I’m online several hours a day. I love talking with people on Facebook and connecting with people I haven’t seen in years.

“I have a granddaughter who lives in England who is just amazed that I use the internet as well as I do,” Davey added with a sneer.

This Saturday Davey and Shirley will reunite with family and friends to celebrate their long and happy marriage. Their union produced two daughters, a son, six granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.

“There were a few bumps along the way, but we’ve had and still have a really good life,” said Davey.

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