Jack and Betty Morris celebrate 69 years of marriage

By James Arbuthnott

IT'S been 69 years since Jack and Betty Morris tied the knot in 1950 and bought their home in Chaston St, Kyabram.

And ever since that day their family's roots have run deep throughout their beloved town.

With five grandchildren and almost double that in great-grandchildren, as with most Kyabramites, sport is in their blood.

From a picture of Jack's 1948 football team on the sideboard to the 2019 Bombers’ premiership poster on the wall with grandson Luke Morris celebrating his fourth grand final victory with Kyabram, it is clear where this family's allegiance lies.

It is also clear Betty taught Jack the secret to a good marriage years ago:

“He used to say, ‘if you're having a row, don't answer back’," Mrs Morris said.

Jack, who will be 93 on his next birthday, worked for the State Electricity Commission for 42 years.

“I did it all before I retired, and here we are; what we are,” Mr Morris said.

The two now reside at Tongala and District Memorial Aged Care, where they still spend every day together.

“We lived all our married life in Chaston St, the house wasn't sold that long ago,” Mrs Morris said.

“But if you run into the Morris family, have a yarn with them. We're only 10 minutes away and our son still lives in Ky,” Mrs Morris said.

The loving couple celebrated their anniversary with immediate family at the Echuca Hotel earlier this month.