Lessons on love from local sweethearts (GALLERY)

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

“He was a gentleman,” Helen says softly. “He always has been a gentleman.”

They say the keys to a long marriage are basic. You have to be friends. You have to know how to give and take.

“Just be kind,” Helen says.

Those tools saw them through the saddest of days and continue to shape their marriage now that they are both in their mid-80s.

“There have been a lot of beautiful days, a lot of sunshine,” Bud says.

Spiritual intimacy

Gwendolyn Jones knew right away how she felt about her now husband of 35 years, Herb Jones.

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