COMMITMENT: Jean and Herbert (Bob) Little celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary together on February 5, 2019.
COMMITMENT: Jean and Herbert (Bob) Little celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary together on February 5, 2019. Contributed

Just a 'Little' anniversary of love and commitment

A KINGAROY couple celebrates 70 years of family, commitment and love tomorrow.

Herbert (Bob) Little and Jean Little are honoured to reach their 70th wedding anniversary.

Their daughter Janelle Little said the couple were married on February 5 in 1949.

"Mum always said a good marriage is communication, working together and loving one another," she said.

"When you say working together, he helps in the house and she helps outside as well."

The couple enjoyed a small celebration with neighbours and family members over the weekend.

This special anniversary was also recognised by personal letters from Queen Elizabeth II, the Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, Queensland Chief Justice Paul de Jersey and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

"My mum would be proud to think they've made it to 70 years, as not many people do," Janelle said.

The great-grandparents have worked together through the years and both celebrated their 91st birthdays last year.

 

LOVE: Jean and Herbert (Bob) Little were married on February 5, 1949.
LOVE: Jean and Herbert (Bob) Little were married on February 5 1949. Contributed

They have four daughters; Jeanette, Rhonda, Beverley and Janelle.

Bob and Jean have enjoyed countless special moments with their six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren over the years.

 

The family moved to Kingaroy in 1985 where Bob started working as a builder for a fruit shop before retiring.

Prior to Kingaroy, the family lived in Moree where Bob worked as a sheep and cattle farmer, as well as at the Moree abattoir.

They also spent some time in the Casino district in NSW where they lived on a dairy farm.

Bob also worked in a saw mill during their time in the Casino district.

"They were very helpful, family orientated and hard working people," Janelle said.

Mrs Little helped on the farms and enjoyed the occasional country dance with her husband.

"When she met dad, she married and was just a farmer's wife and mother," Janelle said.

Life has not always been easy for the dedicated couple.

Jean has stayed by her husband's side as he has struggled with dementia in his more recent years, whilst also going through treatment for cancer herself.

"It's a strain on all of us," Janelle said.

The Kingaroy couple have bonded over their love for collecting things.

Jean loves to collect bells and her husband has a knack for old bottles and antiques.