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A mature love

Roscoe, Rose Wells together 59 years

POSTED: February 28, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Rose and Roscoe Wells

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Not all marriages end in divorce. Many couples grow old together and learn to appreciate each other more as time passes.
The young  "bushy-eyed" love matures into a "until death do us part" love.  
With Valentine's Day tomorrow, the world thinks of love. Flowers, candy, jewelry, and romantic getaways are the order of the day. Nothing is too expensive. Love is in the air and excitement abounds.
Roscoe Francis Wells and Rose Lee Clark Wells of Hinesville have shared many Valentine's Days together. The Wells have been married for 59 years. They were joined in holy matrimony on Jan. 23, 1949.
"We met at Live Oak Church in Hinesville, and were married in my parents' house," Rose Wells said.
Recently, they celebrated their years together.
"Our children honored us with a supper. We have good, caring children," Rose said.
Through the good times and bad, they have stuck together. Through good health and sickness, their love has not dimmed, but has only deepened.
"We have a deep, mature love. As you grow older together, it becomes more mature. We are good friends, best friends, and have a comfortable routine," she said.
Rose said they understand each other.
"We almost know what the other is thinking."
Her advice to young couples is to keep their home with God's leadership.
"Attend church and always put God first, then family, and your church," she said. "When you have difficult times, get to God."
She added that the key to a successful marriage is communication.
"If you have a disagreement, try to resolve it. Don't let it fester, deal with it.
"My strong point is patience. Roscoe has a very strong determination to succeed. He used to work two and three jobs to support his family."  
The Army drafted Roscoe during World War II. He was discharged in 1945 and subsequently joined the Air Force. During his military days, the Wellses were assigned to Savannah, Alaska, Nebraska, Puerto Rico, Michigan, Vietnam and Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. After his retirement from the military, he worked with Denmark Oil Company in Hinesville and the Army Air Force Exchange on Fort Stewart.  
Roscoe suffered a stroke in 2004, limiting his speech and mobility. While he was in good health, he was active in the community and his church. A longtime member of Gum Branch Baptist, Roscoe served as senior deacon and Bible study and Sunday school teacher.
"Being a deacon is very important to him. He has read the entire Bible, and is a Bible scholar," Rose said.
Her husband also served as a county commissioner for four years, representing Gum Branch and Walthourville.  
Rose Wells retired from AAFES in 1997 as the human resources manager. After her retirement, she taught a day-time Bible study at her church. She also taught Sunday school.
"My greatest joy was working with children. From 1975 to December 2003, I taught the first and second graders. The children were wonderful. With them, you see the world through bright shining eyes."  
Prior to his illness, Roscoe was an avid gardener. He planted potatoes, tomatoes, cumber, squash and okra.
"Our son Roscoe takes care of the garden. He gets the golf cart and rides his daddy around the garden," Rose said.
"My husband is a strong family man. He loves basic food and enjoys a good steak, potatoes, baby lima bean. I prepare an old-fashioned meal for him for supper."
Rose enjoys quilting and cutting out coupons. The Wells spend quiet time at home.
"Our children eat a lot of meals with us," she said.
She uses email to send daily Scripture readings to her children. Her favorite song is, "He Touched Me."   
The Wells are the parents of eight children; Roscoe, John and Roger Wells, Carla Bell and Elaine Walker and three who preceded them in death Audrey, Joyce and Douglas.
 

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