Love stories for Valentine's Day

EUGENE, Ore. - In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we wanted to know: What does everlasting love look like?

For couples at Garden Way Retirement Community, it's about enjoying the simple things.

James and Marjorie Dodson have been married 58 years and say friendship and commitment are vital.

"We will always be faithful to each other, until we part, by death," James said. "Well that's still our motto, is for forever."

Marjorie has no complaints either, but said there will always be ups and downs. "Anyone who tells you that two people can be together for all their life and not have tough times, they don't know what they're talking about, but if you have determination, you can make it."

Mary and Hal Manley have been married for 54 years and met as next door neighbors.

Mary said she fell for Hal's considerate nature. "It impressed me that he was so considerate of his grandmother. That was a big thing."

"I didn't know it would last this long," Hal said, "but it's been a reward that is has."

But not all couples are hitting the half century mark.

Margaret Huston and Leonard Clearwater met 4 years ago at a community event. Leonard asked Margaret to dance, and they've been together ever since.

"I never dreamed of being this age and still enjoying a gentlemen friend and just still knowing what love is," Margaret said.

And as far as the future is concerned, the couple does not plan to get married.

"We hope we both go over the cliff together," she said.