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July 25, 2013

The secrets of a 70-year marriage

How local couple remained strong from WWI to todayw

What does it take to form a happy marriage?

Just ask Olive and Jim Cormier Sr. After 70 years of bliss, they appear to be experts on matrimony.

Lots of love and just as much patience is what makes it work, they say.

Don’t go to bed angry. If you have a tiff, just put it away. Don’t forget God, and learn to appreciate the little things in life.

After celebrating the milestone with family and friends recently, the Cormiers spent their actual wedding date (June 26) doing what they love best. Olive tended to her blueberry patch and Jim tended to the yard on a sit-down mower.

The two own an acre at 31 Hermon Ave. It is bedazzled with 50 fruit trees, 100 tomato plants and 500 blueberry plants. They call it their “edible landscape.” Just try her blueberry pancakes and muffins. You’ll be sold on the taste — and their hospitality.

Age takes a back seat around here. Jim’s a brisk 92 and Olive is strong at 87. They have three sons — Jim Jr., an attorney in Bennington, VT; Robert, a colon scientist and teacher in Duluth, Minn.; and Andre’, who teaches at Whittier Regional High and lives with his parents.

Six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren bring added joy to the couple. Two of the younger ones sang “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Cormier’s anniversary party, showing off the family’s patriotic ways.

You may know the Cormiers from your shopping trips to Market Basket at Westgate Plaza. For 33 years, Olive was the woman behind the checkout counter and also bagged groceries. She got to be so popular that customers waited patiently in line just to say hello.

“If people were having a bad day, I’d cheer them along,” she said, smiling. “I always wore a happy face. Hard to believe I worked at three Market Baskets at Westgate. Broke in a lot of trainees, too. Some of them went on to become VIPs.”

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