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Love Couple: Betty and Friason Travis

Bride’s Name: Betty L. Travis

Bride’s Occupation: Program Manager, Army Material Command, Department of the Army, U.S. Government (retired)

Groom’s Name: Friason G. Travis

Groom’s Occupation: Cartographer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U. S. Government (retired)

Wedding Anniversary Date: March 30, 1946

Celebrating: 70 Years of marriage


About the lovely couple: Groom: We met at Howard University. Betty, as a “Government Girl” during World War II, was taking night courses. I was a soldier enrolled in the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP). During our daily retreats (the military signal for the end of the day), I was a cadet commander, and she along with many others watched. Our eyes seemed to hone in on each other and it was “love at first sight.”

What do you love best about one another? Both: We seem to complement each other, as no one is a master of everything. Fortunately with us, it seems that when one falls short, the other fills in the gap.

How many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are in your family? Both: Two children, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

What have you learned about marriage over the years? Tomorrow isn’t a given, as life is today. But what BOTH of you make of it, may ensure you a brighter future.

What legacy do you hope your marriage will leave? Groom: I sincerely hope everyone finds the secret for a successful marriage as Betty and I were fortunate to find. Learn to live with the ups and downs, and capitalize on the inevitable mistakes that will, for certain, creep in.