"We are very lucky": 65 years of wedding bliss for Tom and Melba Reeves

Trust, sharing and no arguments - those are the secrets to a long and happy marriage according to Tom and Melba Reeves.

The couple, who have lived in the Cowra district since the 1960s, will celebrate 65 years of wedded bliss on Wednesday, December 4.

Mrs Reeves said the pair have been very lucky throughout the years and they have never went to bed angry with one another.

"No arguments, just a waste of time and energy. Life's too short," she said.

"Family keeps us going."

After meeting at a hospital ball in Crookwell on October 10, 1952, the pair married on December 4, 1954 at the Binda Anglican Church.

"It poured rain," Mrs Reeves said.

"We had 60 guests and the reception at a hall in Binda."

At the time, Mr Reeves worked on the land while Mrs Reeves was an RN at Crookwell Hospital.

In their spare time, the couple enjoyed going to dances in the district and playing sport.

Children came along soon after - their eldest daughter Dawn was born 1956, followed by Nancye in 1959 and Sandra in 1968.

The family then moved to the Cowra district in 1963, with Tom taking on a number of jobs, including at the wool scouring plant, while Melba worked at the Edgells cannery for 12 years.

They then built a house in town in 1980.

The pair picked up lawn bowls, while Melba continued to play hockey.

While they have slowed down a bit these days, they couple say they enjoy reading, doing crossword puzzles, meeting up with friends and seeing their family grow.

The pair have seven grandchildren and "nearly" 16 great-grandchildren, with a new arrival expected in the near future.