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Three Local Spokane Couples Celebrate The Values of Valentine's Day

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Every married couple has a unique story starting from that unforgettable moment when they first met.

Courtney and Nick Riorden, married just 6 months, met during high school and dated for close to 6 years before they got married.

Fannie and Ivan Bush, married for 32 years, met in college at a Christmas party and got married 10 years later.

"She started looking at me," explained Ivan of the first time he saw Fannie. "And I started looking back.

And Maxine and Gerry Lamers, married an impressive 70 years, met when Gerry came to Idaho with the Navy. They got married after knowing each other for only 3 months. At the time, he was 20, she was 22.

 "I married a young good looking sailor boy," said Maxine.

Each of these relationships started a little bit differently, and so it makes sense that each of these couples celebrate Valentine's Day a little bit differently too.

Newlywed Nick explains that he and his wife planned to take a break from their busy lives to focus for just one day on their relationship.

Ivan promised to get Fannie salty peanut brittle - not chocolate - like he does every year.

And Maxine said Gerry always gets her candy and flowers.

But in between that first meeting and the yearly Valentine's Day celebration, it's the deeper meaning of of this holiday that makes marriages like these last.

Local Reverend Happy Watkins, who has officiated over 1,000 weddings, knows that to be true.

"Valentine's Day in particular is a time for commemorating a relationship," he said. "And a time to enjoy the 'I love you' effect."

And each of these couples celebrate the 'I love you' effect, and in turn, Valentine's Day, all year long.

"I hope we're married 70 years someday," said Courtney. "Because that's a long time."

"He completes me," explained Fannie about her husband. "He supports me, he's the other half of my heartbeat."

"The years just went by and we were happy that we were together," said Maxine. "We were just glad that we met each other."

And when asked if their love has changed over the years, Gerry Lamers put it best.

"I just love her," Gerry said of his wife, Maxine. "I just love her, period."

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