Timeless love story: Couple spends seven decades loving and learning
Surfside Beach, S.C. (WPDE) —
After more than seven decades together, this couple knows what it means to do life together.
"They're completely devoted to each other," said Angie Johnston, the daughter of Paul and Madeline Kressley.
With each second that passes, the love between 89-year-old Madeline and 90-year-old Paul only grows.
"As they've matured, I've seen them grow even closer. They know each other's needs. They take care of each other," said Johnston.
Their youngest daughter, Angie, insisted her parent's story be told.
"They've been married 72 years," she said.
"He impressed me. And, I thought, 'Oh boy! This is the one, I guess?'" said Madeline, with a laugh.
As for Paul...
"What should I say, Mum?" he asked with a laugh.
"Whatever you want to say!" Madeline quipped back.
"Oh, she's alright!" he said with a laugh.
The Pennslyvania transplants moved to the beach nine years ago to enjoy the warmer weather.
Paul worked 62 years as a car dealership mechanic and Madeline was a homemaker to their three girls.
Between the two of them, they have plenty of advice to share.
"I believe if you ever have an argument, which sometimes we did about different things, we always made up before we went to bed because you never know if another day comes that you can't say, 'I'm sorry,'" said Madeline.
They married on March 31, 1945, at the ages of 17 and 19.
"I remember my wedding day. It rained, it snowed, and the sun came out," she said.
Madeline said that's a bit of a metaphor for marriage and the road ahead.
"You must stick together through illness, anything," she said.
Paul's memory is starting to fade.
"It's pretty rough sometimes. But, he does it," said Madeline.
Still, Madeline presses forward.
"I think I was put here on earth just for him."
Paul is her purpose.
"You have to take the good with the bad, you have to," said Madeline.
As sure as time marches on, so will Madeline and Paul's love for each other.
"It's a good example for everybody," said Angie.