AnniversariesJET Love

Rosalyn & Floyd Crumble

Celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this August.

Age: 70 for both.

Wife’s Occupation: Retired, former DOD Civil Service Employee

Husband’s Occupation: Information Technology Consultant

City & State of Current Residence: Williamsburg, Virginia

Wedding Date: 08/21/1965

How long was the engagement? 7 months

How many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are in your family? 1 daughter, 1 grandson

Tell us your love story: We met at Keesler Air Force Base located in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1963. I arrived at Keesler a few months before Rosalyn. When Rosalyn arrived at Keesler, we both worked in the same building (less than 200 feet apart) for weeks before we saw each other. We first met when a supervisor in her office sent her to my office to borrow some blank forms. A friendship developed when we discovered we were both from the state of Virginia.

When did each of you know that your partner was the one?

Floyd Crumble: I was convinced that Rosalyn was the one when we car pooled together from Mississippi to Virginia on Christmas vacation (military leave) in 1964. We spent approximately 24 hours in a car together, which gives you the opportunity to get to know someone better. Also, once we arrived in Virginia, I had the opportunity to meet her family. At the end of our vacation I was 100 percent convinced that she was the one.

Rosalyn Crumble: I knew Floyd was the one after we had dated for about four months. He was attentive, considerate, confident, and had good manners. I think I knew he was the one before he accepted the fact that I was the one.

What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? 

Floyd Crumble: My most memorable moment of our wedding day was watching Rosalyn come down the aisle knowing we would be beginning our lives as husband and wife. She looked more stunning than usual. I was proud she had accepted my proposal for marriage.

Rosalyn Crumble: Because we were so far from home, we had a small wedding when you consider the number of guests. Most attendees were military friends and their families. I think the most memorable moment for me, other than becoming Mrs. Crumble, was when our mothers met for the first time. They seemed to become instant friends, which was important to me.

How did he propose? It was early 1965, shortly after we returned from Christmas vacation. Rosalyn was now working in a different building across the base. I picked her up for lunch. We ate lunch in the military mess on Keesler Air Force Base. After lunch, I took her back to her office and while we were talking, I asked her to be my wife. She said “yes” and I had difficulty concentrating on work the rest of the day.

What advice would you give to young married couples? Remember that marriage is the coming together of two individuals that bring their background experiences and opinions to the union. Be respectful of each other’s opinions and work towards solutions and positions that you both can accept.

What have you learned about marriage over the years? Marriage is a work in progress that constantly requires a lot of give and take. Most of the time it requires more give than take.

Why do you want to be included in JET Love? This would be a wonderful 50th anniversary surprise for my wife. We are planning a huge celebration and this would be a perfect gift to surprise her with. I would hope that our article for a lasting marriage would inspire other couples young and old. My wife and I still got it and I would love to display this in your magazine.