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Blind date leads to 56 years of happy marriage

By Kimberly Dishongh

This article was published March 18, 2018 at 3:02 a.m.

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Dick and Joy Mitchell will celebrate 56 years of marriage on April 14. They met on a blind date, set up by a longtime friend of Joy’s and a former roommate of Dick’s.

The first time I saw my future spouse:

She says: “I thought he was cute. And he was polite and I was impressed. I loved his blue eyes.”

He says: “She was a pretty young nurse.”

On our wedding day:

She says: “I was very, very happy and I was happy to have my friends there. I didn’t care then that it was going to be a very small wedding with no music, no nothing — just us and the preacher. I was just really, really happy.”

He says: “I don’t think I was nervous. I think I was ready.”

My advice for a long happy marriage is:

She says: “Talk to each other. Don’t go to bed mad. Talk out your problems. I can’t say that we’ve gotten along all the time. We’ve had our disagreements. But you have to talk about it and pray about it and don’t get mad and just go to bed.”

He says: “Don’t get mad and stay mad.”

Dick and Joy Mitchell will celebrate 56 years of marriage on April 14. They met on a blind date, set up by a longtime friend of Joy’s and a former roo...

Joy Whitten and Dick Mitchell passed each other countless times as they cruised through downtown Little Rock with their friends.

The first time I saw my future spouse:

She says: “I thought he was cute. And he was polite and I was impressed. I loved his blue eyes.”

He says: “She was a pretty young nurse.”

On our wedding day:

She says: “I was very, very happy and I was happy to have my friends there. I didn’t care then that it was going to be a very small wedding with no music, no nothing — just us and the preacher. I was just really, really happy.”

He says: “I don’t think I was nervous. I think I was ready.”

My advice for a long happy marriage is:

She says: “Talk to each other. Don’t go to bed mad. Talk out your problems. I can’t say that we’ve gotten along all the time. We’ve had our disagreements. But you have to talk about it and pray about it and don’t get mad and just go to bed.”

He says: “Don’t get mad and stay mad.”

Dick and Joy Mitchell will celebrate 56 years of marriage on April 14. They met on a blind date, set up by a longtime friend of Joy’s and a former roo...

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