A valley couple celebrates their wedding anniversary every single New Year's Eve, but this year they pay tribute to an amazing accomplishment. As they ring in the New Year, they're celebrating 70 years of marriage together.
Bill and Fauvette Decker reach a milestone few people manage to reach. On New Year's Eve, they're celebrating 70 years of marriage.
"We got married at the Lutheran church by a Lutheran preacher and they were having a funeral there too so there was a casket sitting in front of that altar but we had all kind of flowers," recalls Bill Decker.
The Deckers are professional dancers, and they've won a number of dance competitions. At least once a week they still hit the dance floor. They've lived in Arizona since 1972.
"We come from Nebraska, a couple of farmers from Nebraska really and we've enjoyed every minute," says Bill.
Friday, they're enjoying an afternoon dance with friends at Sunland East Village to celebrate 70 years together.
"Everybody said it wouldn't last because were too young. We got through it, don't think it was easy, it wasn't always easy."
Their daughter dropped by with flowers for her parents' anniversary.
"I was always so proud growing up, most of my friends were getting divorced and my parents were going strong," says Melody Decker.
"We were a jitterbug team before the service, we used to win jitterbug competitions all over the state of Nebraska."
At this point the Deckers have stopped rehearsing the jitterbug. Waltzes are more their speed.
Their secret to a long-lasting marriage?
"Just saying yes, dear," jokes Bill. "And me, no," laughs Fauvette.
Bill says dancing is the reason they've stuck together.
"I think our dancing has kept us together more than anything else because we both love to dance," says Bill. "I always take her, it's a privilege to say good night to her, give her a hug and put her to bed and I'll continue to do that ‘til one of us passes away."
The Deckers have two children together. They tied the knot back in 1942.