'Meant to be together': Couple celebrates 80 years of marriage
Published Friday, September 22, 2017 8:12AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 22, 2017 8:31AM EDT
Bill and Dell Johnson have been inseparable since their wedding in 1937 and according to them there isn’t a big secret to staying together for eight decades.
“I guess we just agreed and got along good,” Dell told CTV Atlantic.
“She’d do anything for me and I’d do anything for her,” added Bill.
The Halifax, N.S. couple was first introduced by Bill’s cousin a year before they got hitched and according to them it was love at first sight.
“He was handsome,” Dell told CTV Atlantic with a laugh, when explaining why she fell for Bill.
As for Bill, he joked that he didn’t have much choice in the matter. “She grabbed me by the neck and boy I had to go!” he said, adding: “She was a beautiful woman in those days and she still is.”
The Johnsons moved from Kentville to Halifax where Bill worked at the dockyard and Dell took care of their three children.
“[They] set a great example for all of us,” said daughter Carol Faith Amirault.
An example Bill continues to set, despite his deteriorating health and memory.
“They go to the dining room, my dad still pulls the chair out for my mom to sit down. Everyone here the staff are amazed at the way he treats her,” said Amirault.
The Johnsons also have six grandkids and six great-grandchildren.
“I’m just so proud of them, I can’t explain it. I’m just so happy and they are good kids,” Dell said.
Dell is turning 98 in December and Bill recently celebrated his 101st birthday, but even in their wildest dreams, they never thought that they would last this long.
But as their daughter Sandra Marie Smith said: “They are meant to be together.”
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Jayson Baxter