You sometimes hear of longtime romances and love affairs, but you’ll rarely hear one that is longer than the one written by Donald and Marion Mitchell of Riverview.
Doanld and Marion have been married for an amazing 70 years.
To celebrate, the couple’s family arranged a drive-by parade to salute the huge milestone. It was not the party the family would have liked to have had, but it had to do during these pandemic times.
The couple met while attending Melvindale High School, where they each graduated in 1946. Donald went into the Army after graduation and Marion waited for his return.
Their marriage took place at the Allen Park Presbyterian church on June 24, 1950 and the couple built their first home in Allen Park.
Don was an Allen Park school teacher, band director and administrator in Allen Park for many years before going into Administration in the Woodhaven Public Schools.
In 1956, daughter Gail joined their family and in 1958 another daughter, Lynn, came along. The family outgrew their home in 1969 at which time they found property in Riverview and built a home they fell in love with on 14965 Stoneham Lane (Pheasant Run).
The family grew when Gail married Bruce Vos and Lynn married Bruce Bishop. Gail and Bruce have been married 43 years and have two sons, Justin and Brian Vos. Lynn and Bruce have been married for 37 years and have children Emily, Mark and Taylor. Donald and Marion also now have four great grandchildren – Sydney, Walter, Whitney and Henry.
After retirement, Dinald and Marion were “snowbirds,” travelling to Fort Myers every year for nearly 20 years. The retired couple also worked at the Riverview Highlands Golf Course.
Like the rest of us, Don and Marion are anxious for the Coronavirus to be brought under control so they can return to normal life, which for them includes lunch on Fridays with friends at the Sportsmen’s Den.