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Mesa couple celebrates 75th wedding anniversary

Bill & Mary Zea, 75th anniversary party Bill & Mary Zea, 75th anniversary party
Bill & Mary Zea, 1938 Bill & Mary Zea, 1938

Mesa residents Bill and Mary Zea have been married a long time - 75 years, as a matter of fact. A family member joked that Hallmark doesn't even make that kind of anniversary card.

"They kept coming in and saying, 'I couldn't find a 75-year card.'  It isn't profitable. There aren't too many people that have that many years," said Mary Zea.

Currently in their 90s, the couple originally met back in Indiana. Bill Zea was Mary's brother's best friend. Now with four children, 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, the couple says the secret to their longevity is allowing for and accepting that we all make mistakes.

"You have to be a forgiving person. If you don't, you're going to have troubles," said Mary Zea.

They said that unfortunately, many couples today simply give up too quickly.

"They think only the wedding and not marriage. Because marriage means giving and taking," added Mary Zea.

Bill Zea said his doctor will be throwing the next big party in five years when he turns 100.

"He said, 'You're gonna make it.'  I said, 'I don't want to make it unless my wife makes it too.' He said, 'OK, I'll keep her going too,'" said Bill Zea.

The couple said they enjoy spending time with their family, reading, and watching Dr. Phil.

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