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McDonough couple celebrates 60 years of marriage


By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

  Rolfe Moss, 85, of McDonough said couples who have been together as long as he and his wife Kathleen know the value in the idea of “give and take.”

Rolfe and Kathleen Moss in 1954. At right is a photo of the happy couple today. They will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this Thursday.                                                     Special photos

  “Anybody that has been married 60 years and has not had any differences, they’re a couple of zombies,” he said.

  The Mosses, of McDonough, will celebrate their 60th anniversary on April 24.

  Their love story began in 1953, when Kathleen Moss was studying to be a nurse and Rolfe was in the Army. Kathleen fondly recalled that their first date was a double-date to a Dairy Queen in Griffin.

  “We got a milkshake,” said Kathleen, 81, with a smile. “I always get chocolate, and he always gets butterscotch.”

  She said although there was a mutual attraction between them from the start of their relationship, her focus was on finishing her education. When Kathleen graduated nursing school later in 1953, she moved back home to LaGrange to work at a hospital there.

  Rolfe had been in the Army since October of 1948, and was living in McDonough when he met Kathleen. Despite the distance between them, Kathleen said, Rolfe went out of his way to see her in LaGrange as often as he could.

  “He commuted down there just about every weekend,” she said.

Their courtship continued through the year, and Rolfe proposed to Kathleen in January of 1954. They got married on April 24 of that year, when he was 25 and she was 21. Together, they had two daughters – Mary in December of 1960 and Linda in January of 1962.

  Later in 1962, the Army sent Rolfe to Germany. Kathleen and the girls came four months later, when Mary was 21 months old and Linda was 8 months old.

  Asked if military life with two small children presented challenges for himself or Kathleen, Rolfe had a succinct reply.

  “Not for me, it wasn’t,” he said with a chuckle. “It did for her.”

  The family was in Germany from 1962 to 1965, and again from 1972 to 1974, when Rolfe retired from the Army. He retired from the Army on June 30, 1974, after spending the last six years of his service in the recruiting field.

  Thirty-eight days later, he went to work at the Clayton County Water Authority, where he remained for 17 years. Kathleen, who was a nurse off and on while Rolfe was in the military, worked at South Fulton Hospital from 1980 to 1986.

  The Mosses are members of Salem Baptist Church in McDonough. Kathleen, surrounded by family photos in their quiet McDonough home, said the Christian faith she shares with her husband has carried them through everything they have faced over the last 60 years.

  “The Lord provided, and He always helped us decide what we were going to do,” said Kathleen. “It always worked out like clockwork. If you’ll take care of the big problems, the little things take care of themselves.”

  For his part, Rolfe says the opposite is true, leading to a short, good-natured disagreement between the two.

  “If you’ll take care of the little things, the big things take care of themselves,” he said.



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