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Gilkisons celebrate 70 years of marriage

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Paul and Betty Jo Gilkison[/caption]

Paul and Betty Jo Gilkison have enjoyed years of harmony in their seven-decade marriage.

“We’ve never really had too many troubles,” said Betty.

Of course, Betty has good advice for any couple, whether they’re going through hard times or not.

“You have to be a friend and love each other. Talk things out and always be truthful,” she said.

Paul and Betty Jo met at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where Paul played baseball and Betty was a music major. They were engaged after three months together, and married two months after their engagement.

“Paul was a college professor, and I taught music lessons. We lived many places, including Kansas State University in Manhattan; Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois; The University of Southern Colorado; and Washburn University in Topeka.”

Paul and Betty Jo have two sons, two grandsons and five great-grandchildren.

“We’ve enjoyed many things in life, and are now enjoying our time at Aberdeen Village,” Betty said. “We’ve lived here five-and-a-half years, and enjoy the convenience and the people.”

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