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Reads reflect on 60 years together

Dale and Jenny Read (Staff Photo)

By Kati Moody
News Editor

Dale Read remembers the night he and Jenny’s eyes locked and knew right then that their lives were about to change forever.

“I knew the party was over,” Dale joked. His wife corrected him, saying “You knew the party was just beginning!”

That fateful night in 1955, Dale said he was grabbing a bite to eat at the local Dairy Mart, at that time located where City Bank is now on College Avenue.

“That was the place to be in town,” Jenny said.

“Jenny had waited on me before but that night was different,” Dale remembers. “She looked at me and smiled and I smiled back, and that changed my life right there. I just instantly knew she was the one, she was mine.”

After that, the rest is history.

“He would ask to drive me home from work every night,” Jenny said. “The Dairy Mart didn’t close until 11 p.m.”

“And I had to get up and go to work at 6:30 a.m.,” Dale said.

The couple’s courtship lasted nearly a year and a half before they married on October 26, 1957.

The couple says though they have made it 60 years together, like every couple, not every day was perfect.

“When you have bad days, and we all have them, you know there’s going to be better days,” Jenny said. “You just have to be patient with each other and know when you’re tired, and you’ve worked all day…it’s easy to run out of patience and say things you didn’t mean; but there’s always I’m sorry.”

Both Dale and Jenny retired from their teaching careers from O’Donnell where Dale served as the superintendent for 32 years. They decided to return to Levelland.

Now, they spend most every day together and the two are more in love than ever before.

“We’ve grown these last several years. We’ve been together more since we retired and we spend lots of time together,” Dale said. “I love Jenny more now than I ever have.”

Read the full story in Wednesday’s edition of the News-Press

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