Brenham - "Ruby worked with me...I worked with her."
Melvin and Ruby Kelm have been working together for 77 years and counting...they've been together through thick and thin. In fact, some girls may have said after their first date at the American Legion Hall in Burton...there wasn't going to be a second date.
"It was so cold, I like to froze. It was a silent movie," said Ruby Kelm.
Melvin has his own highlights from that night. He says he remembers driving a 1929 Model-A Ford and Ruby's sister was their chaperone and he paid for her movie ticket too.
"All three of us in the front seat. So Ruby had to get real close to me right away," Melvin said.
Yes, it was a cheap date, but Melvin didn't have a lot of cash back then.
"I asked my daddy for money and he gave me 50 cents. The movie probably was 10 or 15 cents at that time," Melvin
Melvin knew Ruby was perfect for him...it just took a few years to convince her that he was the man for her...
"Well I thought he was a nice young man," Ruby said
And once Ruby agreed to say I-Do and they got married, the real work started...they worked on building their life together and making their marriage strong and to accomplish that, they turned to their faith.
Both agree they've been blessed and to this day, Melvin constantly crafts crosses out of newspaper to remind him of The Lord's presence.
"God be with us. All the time. Jesus died on the cross for us," a smiling Melvin said.
A sacrifice worthy of celebration and in their younger days, Melvin and Ruby celebrated by dancing.
"I like to waltz with her."
Of course their love of dancing is just part why their marriage is successful. So what's the secret to a long and happy marriage?
"You've got to love one another," Melvin said.
"You have to have faith, you have to love one another, be kind, work hard, keep going," Ruby said.
"That's a long time to spend with one man....it's a long time to spend with one woman, too!"
All joking aside, this couple wouldn't have wanted their life to turn out any other way.