Bill, Betty’s milestone

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THE DANCE GOES ON: Bill and Betty O’Keefe, whose romance began at a dance in Wangaratta, celebrated 65 years of marriage on Wednesday. PHOTO: Cheryl Browne

Dancing has been a constant in the life of Wangaratta couple Bill and Betty O’Keefe.

The O’Keefes, who celebrated their 65th blue sapphire wedding anniversary on Wednesday, first met at a Saturday night dance at St Patrick’s Hall in the 1940s.

With fond memories of waltzing around the kitchen with her father, and a love of dancing that led to many years as an instructor to Wangaratta students, it was no surprise that Betty was drawn to her future husband because of his dancing style.
“That was one of the things that made me decide he wasn’t a bad fellow,” she said.

And fittingly, as the couple reflected this week on their time together and their recipe for success, 87 year old Bill suggested that dancing could in fact be a metaphor for marriage.

“The person you’re dancing with adjusts to their partner’s style,” he said.

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