A lasting love as sweet as candy
CELEBRATING 50 years of marriage on January 6 was Ted and Daphne Offord nee Milne of Kabra.
It was a classic case of "she met him at the candy store” when Daphne first laid eyes on Ted down at Depot Hill where she was visiting her Aunt from her home in Wandal.
Whether it was his Elvis Presley good looks or his EH Holden that first attracted her it's unsure but it was love at first sight and the couple married at John Knox Presbyterian Church in 1968.
Daphne was attended by Denise Kelly (Soblusky), Marie Offord (Diamond) and Debra Bendall while Ted's best man was Mick Russell.
During their married life Ted worked as a butcher before purchasing the Red Bull Service Station in the early 90's while Daphne worked as an office manager in the family business, Milne Bros. Equipment.
Since selling the Red Bull Service station Daphne became a successful real estate agent for Ray White Gracemere and Ted has semi-retired to run their beef and mango property at Boongarry.
Ted and Daphne have three children: Secondary teacher, Vicki married to Graeme Crow (Rockhampton); Physiotherapist, Sonia married to Colin Coates (Sydney); and Commercial Real Estate Agent Jonathon Offord (Rockhampton).
The couple also have seven grandchildren: Thomas Crow (21), Oliver Crow (20), James Crow (17), Isabella Crow (15), Riley Coates (14), Benjamin Coates (5) and William Coates (3).
Ted said the secret to a long marriage was being surrounded by a loving family as well as a bit of give and take a.k.a doing what your told.