Mary Lou & Snooky
A 50th aniversary photo frame of their childrem and grand children sits on the mantle of Mary Lou and Snooky Williams home. PHOTO CREDIT- LeAnna Young
By today’s standard, percent of marriages end in divorce.
But according to Mary Lou & Snooky Williams of Water Valley, Miss., marriage is something that isn’t made in “la la land.”
“Marriage takes work,” says Mary Lou.
Mary Lou met Snooky at her roommate’s wedding. That she says, “I didn’t want to go to.” “I was in a nice rut. I was teaching Spanish and I had lots of friends. It was a nice rut. But my college roommate wanted me to be in the wedding.. and I really didn’t want to. You know what I mean? That would mean I would have to be around laughing, happy couples. And I was a widow. That was a hard thing for me,” says Mary Lou.
“But Mother said I had to go, so I went. And I fell smack in love,” says Mary Lou.
“She had a nice figure,” says Snooky.
With Mary Lou being a full time Spanish teacher in west Texas and Snooky living in Water Valley, MS, distance kept them apart. After 30 days total of seeing each other over the course of a year, they married.
“We married in ‘58. And I’m sorry if I’m slow at answering, I’m having to go back over half a century to remember. Fifty-five years.”
“There is nothing I don’t like about him,” says Mary Lou.
“There is nothing much I don’t like about her,” says Snooky.
“Except he is always right…and he thinks everything is going to be alright. I’m the worry wart. When danger approaches, I want to cross that bridge before we get to it,” says Mary Lou .
“Fifty-five years of marriage gives you tremendous happiness, and how to enjoy each moment. Not just each day. Like everyday I see him, I’m so glad, I know that’s stupid but..,” says Mary Lou.
“Love like this doesn’t even seem real to me. It seems like a fairy tale that only older lovers can have. Out generation seems so twisted and selfish that this love is unattainable. I pray one day to be like Mary Lou and Snooky,” says Bekka Rich, a senior Communicative Disorders major.
When asked about generation y and the rapid growth of marriage and pregnancy, Mary Lou was concerned.
“I worry. I worry because I hear people say ‘well if it doesn’t workout, I’ll just get a divorce. That was not an option when I married. We made a vow before God and our friends. You have to work at a marriage. I act like we are just sitting here in La La Land and everything is wonderful, but you have to work,” says Mary Lou.
Snooky, on the other hand, is “the funnier of the two” says Mary Lou.
“If you ask him about me, he’ll say I was a mud wrestler and I smacked mud in his face and asked him to marry me.”
“You don’t believe me?” says Snooky.