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Meant to be for Mark and Coral

Care Services Community Lifestyle Stories
  • Mark and Coral Tully celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary in August 2021
  • The couple met in the early 1940s after Mark moved into the boarding house run by Coral’s mother
  • They lived together on their farm for 66 years before moving to IRT Kangara Waters
28 March 2022
Coral and Mark Tully of IRT Kangara Waters celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last year.
“People have always said that whenever you see Coral you know Mark isn’t far away and whenever you see Mark you know Coral isn’t far behind."
Susan Watkins
Mark and Coral Tully's daughter

Mark and Coral Tully celebrated 70 years of marriage on 28 August 2021 – an incredible milestone in their lives. The loving couple are both 92 years of age and living together happily at IRT Kangara Waters Aged Care Centre.

While COVID-19 restrictions meant the couple’s family couldn’t be there to share in the celebrations, Mark and Coral enjoyed marking their platinum anniversary with their IRT friends and staff.

Staff made a booklet about the couple’s love story, sang love songs from the 1950s, provided a mini wedding cake and presented a handmade card from the retirement village’s craft group.

Mark and Coral’s daughter Susan Watkins thinks her parents’ 70th wedding anniversary is very special.

“I admire Mum and Dad a lot,” Susan says. “People have always said that whenever you see Coral you know Mark isn’t far away and whenever you see Mark you know Coral isn’t far behind. They’re always together and do everything as a team.”

Mark and Coral first met in the early 1940s when Mark moved into a boarding house in Forbes that was run by Coral’s mother. On the day that Mark moved into the boarding house he was eating his dinner when Coral walked in, and he thought to himself, ‘there’s a likely-looking girl.’ After a win on the ponies Mark asked Coral out and they went to the pictures.

The couple married in 1951 and settled on a remote farming property in south west Riverina. The property belonged to Mark’s father who drew the block in the WWII Soldier Settlement after returning from service. Mark and Coral spent their first 19 months on the property living in a hut, which had been used as the shearers’ quarters on a sheep station.

Mark and Coral endured many hardships as they turned their land into a productive farm to make a living. They worked the paddocks and set up home in very trying and isolated conditions. They shared the fears and frustrations of these times together as well as the good times and provided support, encouragement and comfort to each other.

Coral and Mark on their wedding day in August 1951.
Coral and Mark on their wedding day in August 1951.

They lived on the farm together for 66 years and raised three children: Susan, Andrew and Ian. Today they have nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Four years ago, Mark and Coral moved from their property in south west Riverina to IRT Kangara Waters. “My parents are happy they are together and have a lovely relationship with the staff at IRT Kangara Waters,” Susan says.

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