Blind dates have a small chance of being successful, but Hogan and Mary Ivey have defied the odds. The couple met on a blind date set up by their friends in 1939 and recently celebrated 75 years of marriage.
The couple said that after their first date, they knew they were made for each other. They married in a modest ceremony in Atlanta on Nov. 3, 1939, and went to the Varsity for dinner.
Mr. Ivey, a Rockdale native, and Mrs. Ivey, originally from Norcross, spent most of their married life in Rockdale. They now reside in the Remington House where they have been for the past 14 years.
Mr. Ivey worked as the executive vice president of the SunTrust Bank in Conyers for 50 years. He also served in World War II. Mrs. Ivey stayed at home with the kids; she entered the work force after her kids went off to college. The couple has two children, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
In their younger years, the Iveys enjoyed traveling around the world. They also attended the premier of “Gone with the Wind” on one of their dates.
Now they participate in all the activities the Remington House has to offer. They are fans of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, and enjoy watching those games together.
What’s the secret to a long lasting marriage? “Compromise in the difference of ideas,” said Mr. Ivey. Mrs. Ivey credits her faith in God to the success of her marriage. “(We) look to the Lord to take care of us,” she said.
They believe that the longevity of their marriage is astounding because “75 years is a long time,” they said.
The couple celebrated their 75th anniversary on Nov. 2 with family and friends at Remington House.