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70 Years of Marriage and Counting!

The Andersons reflect on a lifetime of love

How do you ensure that love will last a lifetime? This is the question on the minds of many newlyweds as they jump into what is likely the biggest commitment of their lives.

We recently caught up with Joan and Charlie Anderson, residents at Prime West Knoxville, who just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Read on to learn more about their inspiring journey together.


When and how did you meet?

We first met as teenagers in a church youth group in the Bronx, New York City.


Who said, “I love you” first?

I believe it was me [Charlie] when we came home from a movie date.


What kind of flowers did you have at your wedding?

I’m not sure about the flowers, but my wife carried a muff with a little prayer book as she walked down the aisle.


What was the best part of your wedding day?

Having all our friends and family together helping us enjoy the day.


What was your first home together like?

Our first home together was a very small one-bedroom apartment. It was all we could afford at the time. Apartments were tough to get back then. We lived there for 8 years before we saved enough to put a down payment on our first house, which cost $19,000.


What family traditions did you do together?

Over the years, we made sure we continued to go to church. We also enjoy holiday meals with all the family.


How has your relationship changed over time? What has stayed the same?

We’ve become very comfortable and easygoing with each other. We’ve learned how to satisfy each other’s likes and dislikes and have become as one. I truly believe we have the same feelings for each other as we did when it all started.


What advice would you like to give to newlyweds today?

Be patient. Be truly patient with each other. Take time to learn the things that make your partner happy, and talk openly and softly about your differences.


Thanks, Charlie!

Looking for a place for you and the love of your life to spend your retirement? Check out Prime West Knoxville’s website or call us at (865) 276-8163 to schedule a tour of our apartments.

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