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70 years of marriage, couple now forced apart

70 years of marriage is a huge milestone for all of us who dare hope we too will celebrate such a wonderful achievement. Mavis and Erskine Robertson were married on 17 January, 1953 at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Otahuhu, Auckland. They have resided in Wilson Gardens for the last 15 years, and as dairy farmers they spent a lot of their married life at Donnellys Crossing, known as the railhead for Kauri felling. Ersk tells Whangamatā News that seeking forgiveness is an important part of life, we follow our Lord and took our vows very seriously.


With fi ve children – Carolyn, Patsy, Margaret, Ken and Jennifer – 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, the pair have wonderful family support. Both Mavis and Ersk are 93-years-old and have received congratulatory cards from King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Governor General Rt Honourable Cindy Kiro and Dr Richard Davies, as well as MP Scott Simpson.


We are sad to report that Mavis Robertson has had to move to Thames due to her growing need for a higher level of care. We are heartbroken for this couple, and it has made us only more determined to support our residents with improved care.



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