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Want a love that lasts? Take advice from this Pueblo couple married almost 70 years

Left to right: Mary Ann & Howard Mills. The Pueblo couple has been married for almost 70 years.
Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 19:53:37-05

PUEBLO — It's a love story for the ages.

A couple in Pueblo has been married for almost 70 years and the husband, a WWII veteran, will be turning 100 years old this year.

News 5 sat down with Howard and Mary Ann Mills on Valentine's Day to find out what makes their love last.

They got married in April of 1950 at St. Francis Church in Pueblo.

Howard says knowing they're about to celebrate 70 years of marriage is "amazing...surprising we stayed together that long. I guess we agree." Mary Ann chimed in and said, "We don't fight. Maybe that's the reason."

Their memories from the last 70 years are starting to fade, but they still remember some of those good times like when they first met.

"She was pretty I remember. Pretty blonde in those days."

He also recalls their first date. " I think we went to a movie...stopped at a bar on our way home."

They've shared good times, but also challenging ones. Howard served in the Army during WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

He said, "She wrote to me some letters."

Howard came home safe and a few years later they tied the knot, a marriage that's brought them here many decades later.

He said, "We get along together, I guess, and we like to be with each other. She's such a help to me."

Their advice for fellow couples is "don't go to bed mad."

While getting around is tough for them these days Howard still does those simple yet sweet things to keep the romance alive.

"Went to the grocery store yesterday and I was able to buy a box of candy, heart-shaped of course...we seem to be pretty lucky to be together judging from what I've see around the world...it's changing so much."

But one thing that seems to be sticking is the loyalty and love that Howard and Mary Ann still share today.