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Celebrating three decades of love

Celebrating three decades of love
Mae and Bernie Ott will celebrate their 30th anniversary on Valentine’s Day.

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Wilson County News
February 12, 2014
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How do you measure 30 years? More than just the number of times around the sun, this 30th anniversary for Wilson County News is a special one, as we reminisce about all these years that you, our readers, have trusted us to bring you the important stories of our area, to recognize our local heroes, to help you schedule your activities, and to find the best buys.

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day this week, what better way to celebrate our long relationship, than to recognize couples who have remained committed to each other?

Brett and Karen, Ken and Carmen, and Bernie and Mae made their commitment in 1984, just as the Wilson County News did. Through thick and thin, highs and lows, for better or for worse, with the compassion and mutual respect and appreciation that have kept their relationship strong, they have stayed together.

Congratulations to these couples as they celebrate their 30th anniversaries, and we thank you, our readers, for the trust, care, love, and support that you have shown us for 30 years.

Bernie and Mae Ott

This Valentine’s Day marks the 30-year anniversary of Bernie and Mae Ott.

Daughter Debbie Dixon wrote, “Over 30 years ago, they met through mutual friends and have been inseparable ever since, enjoying small-town living in Floresville and taking the occasional gambling trip to Eagle Pass and Shreveport.

“By day, Bernie is the public relations officer of the Poth VFW and Mae is a member of the ladies auxiliary,” Dixon said. They give back to their community, graciously volunteering at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home.

Bernie and Mae have three children, six grandchildren, and a love and companionship that inspire their family to this day.

Brett and Karen Wright

This Falls City couple will celebrate 30 years of marriage in July.

Karen wrote: “My husband, Brett, and I went to high school together in Cuero. We were in the same grade but didn’t run in the same circle until our senior year. I was a cheerleader; since he was hurt in a previous injury and couldn’t play football, he filmed and took stats for our football team.

“We both loved dancing and spent many nights dancing to the ‘Taylor Brothers’ at Weesatche Hall,” she continued. “We started out just running as a group but by mid-fall 1982, started dating.

“Our birthdays are six days apart. Our driver’s license numbers are even similar,” she said.

Their 30th wedding anniversary will be July 21, 2014.

“Anyone who says a marriage is easy has never been married for very long,” Karen said. “Or married to an ag teacher. My Brett has been the ag teacher at Falls City High School for the past 27 years. His devotion to his job and the students keeps him away more hours than he is home. Never have I had a Valentine’s Day where he has been at home for the past 27 years. Valentine’s Day falls right in the middle of the San Antonio livestock show.”

Brett teaches ag and leadership skills and Karen works for the USDA/Farm Service Agency in Seguin, assisting farmers and ranchers from 12 counties across Texas on a daily basis.

They have two children, Megan and Cameron, and gained a son-in-law, Adam, in November 2012.

“We will be grandparents for the first time in May,” Karen said. “As most people say, our children are our greatest accomplishment together. They make us tremendously proud every day.”

Ken and Carmen Casey

Ken and Carmen met while Ken was serving in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at RAF Bentwaters in Woodbridge, just outside Ipswich, England. They were married June 1, 1984.

Carmen shared their story.

“It was love at first sight for both of us,” she wrote. “After a few months, we knew we were meant to be together -- even though it meant me moving away from my family and hometown. Ken was the first American I had ever spoken to and captured my heart and soul with his personality, romance, and respect. He was the perfect gentleman in every aspect.”

They enjoyed walks on the beach and eating fish and chips in the city park. Their desire to live a full and happy life together was the fuel “that made each day so wonderful,” Carmen said.

They welcomed their only child, Sampson, in February 1988.

“I always wanted a boy, and my dream came true,” Carmen said.

She and Ken enjoyed their son as he grew, attending many school activities and sporting events.

“Every event and game was truly a memory that we hold dear to our hearts.”

Sam is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas, with a master’s degree in sports management.

With Sam set for success, Ken and Carmen are looking forward to another 30 years together.

“We love to travel and have visited most European countries and 24 states in the United States,” Carmen said. They plan to purchase an RV soon and hope to enjoy trips to historical sites, taking in some antique shopping and relaxing and barbecuing in RV parks.

The two share a love for animals, and rescued their first dog, Channy, from a shelter. Now 9 years old, this black Labrador retriever’s love has inspired them to take an active role in rescuing animals.

“Our next dream after Ken retires is to pursue the funds to build a nonprofit no-kill animal shelter in Wilson County,” Carmen said.

“... Ken and I are still so deeply in love,” she wrote. They hope to inspire in others the happiness they’ve enjoyed.

“As a couple, we are just like an old bottle of wine -- we get better with age,” she said, adding, “True love and passion it is and will be for, hopefully, another 30 years.”

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