Celebrating 50 Years of Marriage

Gloria and Luke celebrate their 50th anniversary on Jan 30, 2015.

Luke and Gloria Coker celebrating 50th Anniversary 2015

You might find this interesting:

Listen my children, if I can remember,
I’ll tell you story of love in September.
It happened in late nineteen sixty-four-

Our country had not as yet geared up for war.
The United States Navy seemed a safe place to be,
Especially if you were under the sea.
So he answered the call of the Submarine Service
Though traveling North made him feel quite nervous.

He’d never set foot on the land of the Yankees
But he got in his Malibu tall, dark, and lanky.
And so he drove North where the winters are brutal
And finding a y’all can be rather futile.

And no one sincerely says “Have a nice day”
And the trees all turn colors and the rivers are gray.
And the food is boiled and quite overdone,
He followed I-95 north to New London.

Little did he know that living up there
Was a girl who’d eventually curl up his hair.
She had a new Bachelor’s of Psychology
And worked at the shipyard in what’s called R and D.

But let me make one thing perfectly clear-
She worked for the money and not for career.
She wasn’t a feminist cause the timing wasn’t right,
So she worked all day and partied all night.

She dated a fellow for almost a year-
A real nice guy, a young engineer.
He had a friend, Waldo, an interesting creature
Who wanted too date her roommate, a teacher.

But the teacher insisted that they double date.
“He has a cute buddy and it might be great!
Your engineer’s gone home so don’t think of you only
His friend is so shy and he must be quite lonely.
I know it’s a blind date but don’t be a fool,
He’s a hick from the South but he’s gone to Med School!!”

The foursome went out for an evening in Groton.
The movie was dull, the nightclub was rotten.
The girl was quite flighty, but the boy was a rock.
And soon they got over the profound culture shock.

Well, their first date was on the fifth of September,
She got her engagement ring end of November.
Since they couldn’t see any reason to tarry,
They went to the Chapel on the 30th of January.

That folks, was fifty years ago and as the songs say
It does seem like it was only yesterday.

On January 30, 1965, Gloria J. Valko of Stratford, CT married William L. Coker, Jr. of Turbeville, SC. He has modified his southern accent and she talks slower.


  1. Joan Dobson/Pfac says

    Happy Anniversary, what a lovely story.

  2. Pam Holmberg-Wertz says

    Oh Gloria – What a fabulous poem! So sorry I am late with my wish, but it could not be any more sincere! Happy Anniversary my dear beach friends. I certainly do hope our paths will cross again. John and I are planning a week vacation to OBX on September 20th. I pray we can meet up then.

    With love, Pam

  3. David Brown, Bassick '59 says


    Great poem and story. Congrats on 50 years of togetherness. I have nearly 50 years of marriage under my belt, unfortunately to three different women. Mr. Tursky always said I was a slow learner! It took three women for me to find my soulmate. It looks like you’ve found yours.

    Dave Brown

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