Their secret to 70 years of marriage? Working together

charley@beaufortgazette.comOctober 2, 2011 

The old saying "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" rings true for Susanna and Walter Glaze who have been married for more than 70 years.

"Collard greens," Walter said when asked what special thing his wife cooks for him.

Turns out Walter cooks for her as well.

"I try to do things to please him and if I'm not feeling good, he'll cook for me and bring food to me," Susanna said. "And I've done the same for him."

It is the simple things in life that they credit for their longevity.

"Being together that long in marriage speaks for itself," Walter said. "We've had our days, but we were able to put them together and keep going."

Susanna, 88, and Walter, 92, celebrated their 70th anniversary on July 20, 2011. They say there are no secrets to their long marriage or resolving problems.

"We try to work together," Susanna said. "Just try and it will work itself out."

The couple met at a cousin's wedding. Walter's reputation for being a nice guy had preceded him. But it wasn't until the day of the wedding that the two met while serving as best man and maid of honor.

Walter drove Susanna's sister home from the wedding, but ended up dating Susanna.

Initially, Susanna was busy working during the week and didn't think much about Walter. She thought he was "OK."

Walter, who moved to Beaufort from Allendale, took Susanna to the movies for their first date.

"We would go downtown in Beaufort to eat a good supper and we would go out to eat on Saturdays," Susanna recalled. "He would open the door to the car for me."

After a couple of years of dating, they got engaged. A week before the wedding, Walter drove Susanna and her mother to Savannah where he bought her a white wedding gown, shoes, earrings and necklace. They were married at 5 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon in Pine Grove Baptist Church July 20, 1941.

"Back then, that's the only time people got married and had a church wedding, now they get married on Saturdays," she said.

While raising their two sons, Richard and Michael, and two daughters, Alice and Mildred, they found togetherness, but still kept separate activities.

Walter enjoys attending baseball games on Saturday afternoons. Susanna likes to shop. They continue to be involved in their separate churches: Walter at New Hope Christian Church in Burton and Susanna at First African Baptist Church in Beaufort.

Susanna worked as a teacher's assistant in the Beaufort County School District, while Walter was a carpenter, who built the house where they continue to live today. Much family time is spent in the swing on their large front porch.

"They make each other happy," said their daughter, Alice Wright. "It is just doing the simple things."

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