Local couple celebrates half-century together

Local couple celebrates half-century together

LAWTON, Okla._Two love birds celebrated fifty years of marriage with a renewal of their vows Saturday and they did it in style.

Nilda and William Maldonado, along with some of their wedding party, rode to the church in two 1964 Chevrolet convertibles. The pair was first married August 27, 1965. Even though she was 19 and he was 20 when they first got married, they remember it just like it was yesterday.

"It was raining and we got wet, but that means it is good luck. When it rains on you on your wedding that means you are going to have good years ahead of you," said Maldonado.

On Saturday, it didn't rain a drop as they exchanged their vows in front of God, family and friends. William Maldonado says after all these years the most important ingredients in his relationship with Nilda remain the same.

"The main ingredient is love, compassion and understanding, and of course have faith in God," he said.

He says the thing he loves the most about marriage is coming home to a home cooked meal.

"There was many times that I come from work and I was tasting a good rice and beans plate and guess what? When I got home that was what was cooking," he said.

The pair decided to renew their vows to show that marriage should hold special value in a world, where approximately half of marriages end in divorce.

"I hope that with this we show an example for the younger generation to follow and hopefully pray to God that they make it too," he said.

After 50 years, Maldonado says he is looking forward to celebrating an entire century with Nilda.

"It was great though. I am practicing for the next fifty years though. I'll only be 120 though and she'll be 120," he said.

The pair dated for seven years before they got married, but they both say they believe it was love at first sight. The couple has six children, 16 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. They hope to pass on the legacy of their great love for generations to come.