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North Smithfield couple celebrates 70 years

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NORTH SMITHFIELD - June 10th, 1944. Raymond and Lucille Lavoie tied the knot in a big church wedding in Woonsocket.

70 years later, they're more in love than ever.

"It's a life sentence! They didn't tell me that when we got married. They didn't say it was a life sentence, but it is a life sentence and there's no parole!" said Lucille with a laugh.

The couple met working in the same Woonsocket mill as teenagers.

"I got a hold of her one time, I said gee I'd like to take her out, so I asked her, and she said 'no!'" remembered Raymond.

"I had a boyfriend, I wasn't interested!" Lucille explained.

But after some light coercing the couple dated, and wed just a year later...once they were both 18.

Then, just two weeks into married life, Raymond was drafted into the army and deployed to Germany during WWII.

"We used to go into the caves, looking for kraut, people that were still ready to fight, it was a dangerous job," he said.

"I worked the whole time he was gone, and I wrote to him every night," said Lucille.

Once the fighting was over Raymond left infantry for a position with a bit less action... as an army cook.

"I served my famous soup, and boy the GI's all loved it! So he said, you want to come work with me?" Raymond explained.

"Yeah I think that's why we lost the war! From your cooking!" laughed Lucille.

Since then, one of the couple's sons, and two of their grandsons have gone into the service following in Raymond's footsteps.

"I feel proud! Serve your country," he said.

With 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great–grandchildren, Raymond and Lucille believe they have the key to longevity.

"We keep active by volunteering all over, we keep very active, because if you don't you just sit there and vegetate," Lucille said.

And as far as the key to a happy and successful 70 year marriage?

"Give and take!" said Raymond. "We do argue, everybody argues, just overlook it. And try to make the best of it. What else can you do?"

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