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Gail and Clyde Martin - Lasting Love

Updated on June 16, 2015
Gail and Clyde Martin with their first child, Owen.
Gail and Clyde Martin with their first child, Owen. | Source

My Parents - Married for 66 Years

What does it take to stay married for over sixty years? Well, first you need to live a long time. Fortunately a good marriage helps you live longer. The nurturing in a committed relationship aids that.

This page is a tribute to my parents, Gail and Clyde Martin, and to their 66 years of marriage. I hope you'll enjoy this trip down memory lane and the romance that started back in 1944 in the Kansas Flint Hills.

Along with some family stories, I'm sharing photos of the two of them down through the years.

(photo from Gail and Clyde Martin's family album)

Gail and her former boyfriend, John Faylor. They are dressed up for the high school prom. Gail's mother made her dress for the dance.
Gail and her former boyfriend, John Faylor. They are dressed up for the high school prom. Gail's mother made her dress for the dance. | Source
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Hamilton High School kansas

High School Sweethearts?

No...

Gail Lee McGhee knew Clyde Martin since they attended the same high school in the small Kansas town of Madison for three years. For her senior year, she transferred to Hamilton High School.

Most of the high school years, she dated Clyde's best friend, Johnny Faylor. Often Clyde was around or part of the group social scene. It wasn't until after she broke up with Johnny, that Clyde finally asked her out.

(photo courtesy of the Hamilton Kansas Facebook group - Owner: John Staten)

Dancing to the Jukebox at the Soda Fountain? Probably Not...

Photo of a vintage jukebox taken at the WWII museum in New Hampshire.
Photo of a vintage jukebox taken at the WWII museum in New Hampshire. | Source

A Swinging Romance?

No....

As Gail and Clyde finished high school, World War II was underway. Clyde was deferred from the draft to work on the family farm. Gail Lee McGhee trained with the NYA, a Great Depression era agency, but ended up going to Wichita to work in the aircraft factory.

It was tough trying to carry on a romance under those circumstances, but love overcomes all obstacles even being apart. Once in a great while, Gail had a weekend visit to her family in Greenwood County and had a chance to see Clyde.

There was no fancy, tiered cake at my parent's wedding. This one is from a granddaughter's wedding many years later.  Gail and Clyde had a simple angel food cake for their nuptials.
There was no fancy, tiered cake at my parent's wedding. This one is from a granddaughter's wedding many years later. Gail and Clyde had a simple angel food cake for their nuptials. | Source

A Fairy Tale Wedding?

No...

Remember, this was the war years. Gail and Clyde drove to Neodesha, Kansas to be married in the office of a minister they knew. The minister's wife was the witness for the ceremony.

There was an angel food cake which Gail ceremoniously cut. Unfortunately for her, she didn't know the right way to cut such a fluffy cake and ended up squashing it. That's a story retold many times around the family dinner table.

A Photo Tribute to Gail and Clyde Martin's Long Marriage

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C markerGail worked here at Boeing during the war -
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D markerClyde and Gail got married here -
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Learn More about Clyde Martin's Life - Preview the book, Clyde Owen Martin: Family Memories of His Life and Times

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Clyde Owen Martin by Gail Lee Martin is available for online preview at the Blurb.com bookstore.

Clyde and Gail Martin - Growing Older Together

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Photo from the family album.

Sad News

On April 3, 2012, Clyde Owen Martin passed away at age 87.

Preview Gail Lee Martin's Memoir - My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing Up in 1930s Kansas

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My Flint Hills Childhood by Gail Lee Martin is available for online preview in the Blurb.com bookstore.

More Sad News

Gail Lee Martin died of a heart attack on January 17, 2013 at age 88. She was looking forward to joining Clyde in heaven.

I Enjoyed Sharing My Parents' Love Story With You

After Dad died, Mom seemed rather lost. Her daughters tried to keep her interested and active with excursions out to a restaurant or attending a ball game together. She tried to enjoy these times, but really did miss her husband's companionship.


© 2012 Virginia Allain

I Hope You Enjoyed This Tribute to My Parents

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @dudokdudok: Thank you for visiting this page. I hope it will inspire you to preserve your own family memories.

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      dudokdudok 3 years ago

      Really beautiful story... Great tribute to your parents. And I loved the smilebox tribute. This kind of stories should be retold for inspiration of a young generation.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you for visiting!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      What a wonderful photo album tribute to your parents love for one another. Love really is like old wine and it does get sweeter with time.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @Alrady: Thanks, this lens is very special to me and I'm glad you visited.

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      Alrady 4 years ago

      This is sucha n awesome love story NO lifetime romance and love story! I love the photo album and the story telling. Your mom and dad were so special, I am sure they are making a new album together right now!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love the fact that I can see the familiar McGhee features even though I've always lived so far away! Aren't families grand?!

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      My parents saw 65 years - he died 3 months short of their 66th. They had a special relationship, just like your folks. Thinking of you.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @Ann Hinds: Thank you so much for visiting. I appreciate it.

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      Ann Hinds 4 years ago from So Cal

      This is lovely and a wonderful tribute to parents who knew how to love and taught their kids by example. I had the same kind of parents so I know they are happy together again.

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      Alisha Vargas 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      What a wonderful and special relationship!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @OhMe: After so many years of marriage, it was very lonely for Mom after Dad died.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Beautiful tribute to both of your parents. Now, they are together again.

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      This is a beautiful, loving triute to your beloved parents, and presented magnificently. You truly are an inspiration. Blessed by a li'l Squid Angel. Please feel free to add your lens to my January blessings xxxx

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I love this kind of tribute to those who stuck with a committed marriage until death parted them. My parents and my husband's parents were similarly committed. My mom was very disappointed that my dad died a couple of years short of their 50th anniversary.

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      What a beautiful tribute to your parents...thank you for sharing their life story! :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      A beautiful tribute to your parents. Sorry to read about your dad's passing.

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      traveller27 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your parents' story.

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute to your parents! It's nice to hear the story of a loving lifelong marriage...so rare these days.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      A great love story of your parents you have shared. Your smilebox photo tribute made me think of a book I recently won in an online giveaway. I think you would enjoy the novel, especially its format: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. I am going to do a book review lens for it...one of these days!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I'm so glad I got to visit this beautiful story on Valentine's Day :)

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Interesting Virginia! Our folks were living in Witchita about the same time. My parents were married 65+ years before dad died. Great lens. This is blessed as are you and your folks.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great love story! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Viriginia, this was such an enjoyable page to read and the Smilebox slideshow was such a lovely tribute. Six kids, wow! I loved the remark said about whoever asked for a divorce......hahaha. Laughter must have played a big hand too in a marriage lasting 67 years. In awe of your folks......

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      What a beautiful love story! Thanks for giving us a peak into their love! What a tribute! My parents were married during the war--brings back memories!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Virginia this is a fantastic lens I really enjoyed. I love the Smile Box addition too, so unique and fun to thumb through like a book. Your parents certainly have perseverance, but most of all they have love. Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful story. Blessed, pinned!

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