Couple spend 68th Valentine's Day in perfect tune

Couple share secret to marriage success

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Wendal and Betsy Kinney's love story started at the piano nearly seven decades ago; the same spot you can find them today.

"We were in the Navy. It was November of 1943 and I walked into the recreation hall and here was this guy playing the piano," said Betsy Kinney.

But the couple said it was not love at first sight. Wendal and Betsy said they dated for a few years but had to wait until World War II was over to get married. The couple made it official in Maryland in November of 1945.

Betsy, who was a singer and Wendal a musician, went on to have three children and raised them in Bakersfield.

The couple who now call Rosewood Retirement Community home will be celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary this year.

"She wants to say it seems like longer," Wendal joked.

It could be Wendal's wit or maybe Betsy's patience but these love birds have proven over the years to make the perfect duet.

"It's give and take," said Betsy."

"Yeah, she gives and I take," laughed Wendal.

What's the secret to this couple's success? Betsy said one key factor has been the mutual love for music.

"Music has kept us together all our lives," said Betsy.

But Wendal it's Besty that's been the glue that's held everything together.

"She's just as comfortable and capable of singing the lead role in Kiss Me Kate on Saturday night as singing the Lord's Prayer on Sunday morning. Not many people can pull it together like that," said Wendal.



Erin Briscoe co-anchors Good Morning Kern County on 23ABC from 5am until 7am. Like Erin's Facebook page here or follow her on Twitter.
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