When Ewart Ebanks saw the beautiful West Bay girl at her parents’ home years ago, little did he know that almost seven decades later and seven children rich, their love would continue to grow.
Mr. Ebanks, 94 and a World War II veteran, and Mrs. Ebanks, 85, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Dec. 27 with family and friends. At the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman’s Seniors’ Christmas Lunch at First Baptist Hall on Boxing Day, Dec 26, they won a prize for being the longest-married couple in attendance. Mr. Ebanks also won the prize for being the oldest man in attendance.
To strengthen the marriage, the couple keep to the simple principles that have worked so well for 65 years: praising God and making him the focus of their lives and happy marriage. “Life can be rough at times, but trust in God and be good to each other. We were there for each other and loved each other,” Mrs. Ebanks said.
The couple met at the home of Edith’s parents, Lillian and Charlie Orrett, after Mr. Ebanks returned from serving in the Royal Navy in August 1945. They became engaged in June 1946. On Dec. 27, 1949, they were married at Edith’s parents’ home in Bosun Bay. With her husband out to sea, Mrs. Ebanks took care of the home and children. Mr. Ebanks said, “There wasn’t much money to be had in those days,” but whatever he made went to the children and to his wife.
At the celebrations, MLA McKeeva Bush related their childhood days in West Bay. He congratulated Mr. Ebanks on doing a fantastic carpentry job on his house top and Mrs. Ebanks for being a fearless woman. The children and family members read numerous tributes in their honor.
“We’re very happy. I never regret a minute of it. It’s been lovely,” Mrs. Ebanks said. “I love my children, they are my pride and joy. Losing one has left a vacant hole in my heart, but the other six have made up for the lost one.”
Mr. Ebanks said, “We treated them good, and they were good children.
As for marriage, Mrs. Ebanks said, it “is like being a Christian; a couple has to work hard together, stay faithful to your partner and God will bless you.”