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Local couple’s relationship started long before their wedding 70 years ago


June 28, 2016

Gene and Ora Belle Way in 1946

Gene Way puts it bluntly: “I guess all marriages that last this long are unusual.”

Gene and his wife Ora Belle, both 88, celebrated their 70th anniversary Saturday, June 25, with a family celebration at their grandson’s place in Junction City.

Really, their relationship began almost 80 years ago, Gene said.

They met when they were both 9.

“Nine years later, we got married,” he said.

Gene was born July 14, 1928 in Porterville, Calif. His family headed north when he was 9, settling in the small northern California town of Willits.

Ora Belle was born two weeks later, to Willia...

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