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September 3, 2012

Local couple celebrates 71 years of marriage

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They were together about two years before the birth of the first of five children.

Over time, Alyce spent her days caring for their children along with foster children while Lyle worked at the Georgia-Pacific mill, doing “anything and everything they told me to do.”

Years later, the couple retired and moved to Florida.

“We found a campground there that we liked and stayed for 23 years. I miss Florida. I really like it there,” Alyce said.

Due to health issues, the couple eventually headed back to Plattsburgh and found an apartment in Beekman Towers before moving to the nursing home.

Their daughter, Lynn Stebbins, of Peru, said no matter how much her parents may “argue” that they are actually are inseparable, even after 71 years together.

She is thankful the nursing home helped make sure they could share a room together.

“I insisted they had to be together. You can’t be together all these years and then be apart. They constantly worry about each other,” Stebbins smiled.

She recalled a time when her parents were both hospitalized at CVPH Medical Center, but on separate floors.

“They were a floor or two apart, but they did not see each other for about two and a half weeks. We finally brought mom to see dad and he winked at the nurse saying, ‘That’s my sweetie,’” Stebbins said. “They may forget names but they don’t forget each other.”

Daughter-in-law Kathy DeLong of Plattsburgh is also proud of the happy couple for keeping it together for as long as they have.

She visited their party to pay her respects along with Stebbins.

“They are doing just great. They don’t have many kids left, so we are here to celebrate this with them,” Kathy said.

But Stebbins and Kathy are still trying to figure out the recipe for a long-lasting marriage.

“Bless them because I don’t know how they did it,” Stebbins said.

Whatever their secret is, Alyce and Lyle are still in love after all these years.

Email Miranda Orso: morso@pressrepublican.com

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