We partnered with Coyote Creek Steakhouse & Saloon this Valentine’s Day season to share some wonderful stories of love. We sat down and talked to couples at several different stages of marriage, including lovebirds with over 60 years of wedded bliss.
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This November, Chuck and Audrey McCormick will celebrate 66 years of marriage! They have lived in several different places around the U.S., raised their family on a variety of professions and have called Rock Springs home for the last seven years.
They sat down with me to share a little about their love.
How did you meet?
Audrey: We met at a 4-H fair in Rockford, Illinois. I was 18.
Chuck: Audrey was from Eau Clair, Wisconsin. She came down with a group that was staying at the YWCA in Rockford. I worked in Rockford at that time. I was at the fair with some friends. After they went home, I went back to see if Audrey was still there. She was. Things progressed from there.
When did you know he/she was the one?
Chuck: I knew right away she was the one.
Audrey: I knew later. Chuck was very kind and respectful and I noticed. We were terribly young, skinny, dumb kids.
What is something you really appreciate about your spouse?
Audrey: Chuck is a hard worker, honest, very generous, and respectful. I have to monitor myself when asking for or saying what I want because he will go and get it. I can’t say things in passing like, “Oh, I’d like this or that,” because he will go and get it for me.
Chuck: I appreciate everything about Audrey. She has always backed me up and told me when I was wrong or told me if there was something I should be doing.
What have you done to keep your love strong over the years?
Audrey: We did quite a bit of traveling. Which was always fun and interesting. When we lived in Arkansas, we would work hard all week and then on Friday we would go out. We often went to Silver Dollar City, [a theme park], in Branson, Arkansas.
What advice do you have for new couples?
Audrey: In the long run, it’s important if you can see the other person’s point of view. We don’t always agree. We see things differently. But, we respect each other’s opinion and know that we were raised differently. Chuck grew up in a small family and I grew up in a large family. Our parents were quite different. I think it’s normal and a good thing that we don’t always think alike.
Have patience with your spouse. Work hard. It will be rewarding in the end. Chuck is my rock.
Chuck: I agree with Audrey. I depend on her for so much. I couldn’t get along without her.
A message from Ray Marini, Head Chef & GM at Coyote Creek:
We invite you to join us at Coyote Creek Steakhouse & Saloon this Valentine’s Day.
We will have a special menu that evening featuring entrees hand-selected by our head Chef. A touch of elegance mixed with the Wild West – only in Wyoming.