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Glenn Marks (left) and his wife, Norma Jean, and have been married since 1950. The two spent their marriage working in ministry and opened five churches while raising their four children, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They now live at Hubbard Hill in Elkhart. For Valentine's Day 2014, Glenn shared a poem he wrote for his wife in the 1980s. (Krystal Vivian/The Elkhart Truth)
A Valentine's Day poem for 63 years of love
Posted on Feb. 14, 2014 at 2:35 p.m.

For Glenn and Norma Jean Marks, love is everything.

"It's the greatest thing in all the world, is love," Marks said. "It's one of those things that you can't really explain. You can live it, but you can't explain it."

The couple met in 1946 and married in 1950. Throughout their lives, love - both for each other and for Jesus Christ - led them to ministry. They opened five churches together while raising four children.

"We've been busy," Norma Jean noted with a laugh.

Their four children gave them 14 grandchildren, who gave them three great-grandchildren. Pictures of their family grace the walls and shelves of their Elkhart apartment.

While they have been tested once or twice, their love and commitment to each other has only grown during their 63 years of marriage.

In honor of Valentine's Day, Glenn shared a poem he wrote for Norma Jean in the 1980s. He plans on publishing it in a book he is writing about their life together.

"It's kind of out of character that I would write something like that," Glenn said. "I just got inspired."