Dorothy and Frank Bartley met at a dancing class in 1949 when they were 15 years old and eventually married after a courtship that lasted nine years. Dorothy was a qualified nurse at Greenlane Hospital and Frank had just finished University and had a job but little else apart from self professed 'prospects' and an Austin 7.
The wedding was performed by Canon Austin-Charles then Vicar of St Aidan's in Remuera Road. The reception was at the Cliff Trillo's 'Mandalay' located in a large two storey house on the west side of Remuera Village.
They have four children - Fluer, George, Roseanne, and John. They have been hugely blessed with children who have given them eleven grandchildren.
In 1972 Frank was offered a job in a team of engineers and surveyors in South Sumatra. It was during their time abroad they realised how lucky they were to be born in New Zealand and eventually returned. Following continued careers in nursing, engineering, mining, and plunket, both Dorothy and Frank now enjoy a life of retirement. They fellowship with the St Martin at St Chad's family and we are extremely blessed to have celebrated this milestone of 60 years of marriage with them. Love and congratulations to you both!!.
Loving God and Creator of all good things, in the beginning you made man and woman, so that they might enter a communion of life and love. We thank you for the grace and blessings you have given this couple, our dear friends Dorothy and Frank, who now celebrate 60 years of marriage. We rejoice the day when they joined together as partners in life and we thank you for being with them on their daily journey together. Increase their sense of belonging to each other, just as Jesus says, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So, they are no longer two, but one.” (Matthew 19:5,6 NIV)
We thank you that you have freely given Dorothy and Frank your presence, strength, help and hope. Fill them with a continuing love, forgiveness, patience and trust. Guide them with the light of your word where it says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs.”
Increase their sense of companionship and grant them the ability to laugh at their mistakes, and the means to share the simple pleasures of life together. Surround them with good friends and neighbours. Protect their home and provide for their needs. Guard their health. And may they enjoy many more anniversaries together.
And now we pray God’s blessings upon Dorothy and Frank in their 60th year of marriage. May God’s infinite goodness and mercy continue to bless you, and your union. May the Lord, with his favour look upon you, and grant you with continued happiness and joy along the way. May the Father who created you, the Son who redeems you, and the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you, preserve and keep you both, all the rest of your days together. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.