Oneida couple celebrates 78th wedding anniversary

Oneida couple celebrates 78th wedding anniversary

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Lon and Edith Whaley celebrated 78 years of marriage Sunday. Lon and Edith Whaley celebrated 78 years of marriage Sunday.
The Whaleys have eight children and many more grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Whaleys have eight children and many more grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

ONEIDA (WATE) - A Scott County couple marked a huge milestone Sunday.

Lon and Edith Whaley celebrated 78 years of marriage.

A big party was held Sunday with relatives, friends and members of their church.

Lon was 19 and Edith was 15 when they were married.

Family members say the last few years have been difficult for the couple. Edith has Alzheimer's disease.

Lon says the secret to their successful marriage is their faith and laughter.

"You wouldn't trade these last few years for anything, would you?" he was asked.

"No, the only way it'd be better is if it had been bigger!" Lon answered.

The Whaleys have eight children and many more grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

They even have eight great-great grandkids.

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