He was a "know-it-all" with a fast car and a big mouth.
She was a young pretty woman who didn't like being laughed at.
The first time Sarah Raymond and Ray Raymond met in the early 1940s, in the front of her house in Detroit, it certainly wasn't love at first sight. Her brother wanted her to go out with his best friend, Ray, but she wasn't having anything to do with the young man who liked driving his 1939 Mercury convertible 100 mph.
Ray Raymond said his future wife was "stuffy," but he still remembers the first time he saw her.
"She was wearing a very pretty, polka-dots, brown dress, and she really fitted in that," he said.
Despite their differences, the two ended up dating and later married in 1942. They had 10 children, one of whom died at birth. They both worked to support the family — she operated beauty shops; he did construction.
Last month, the Howell Township couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Both are 90. They live with their daughter, Janet Weitzel, and her husband, Dave.
What kept them together all these years?
"We never went to bed without kissing each other and saying we're sorry," Sarah Raymond said.
Both said their faith in God and talking with each other helped them weather the tough times, and there were plenty of them. They nearly lost three of their kids to sickness or medical conditions. He served more than two years as a gunner in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
"Jesus helped a lot," Ray Raymond said, adding he would often say a little prayer.
Both recalled how their large families struggled in Detroit during the Depression. He came from a family of 10 children, and she came from a family of 15 kids. They used to visit food banks and had only one pair of shoes provided through the government.
At 15, Ray Raymond signed up for the Civilian Conservation Corps to build bridges and roads as well as cut trees in the Upper Peninsula. From the $1 a day he was paid, he was able to keep $5 per month for himself. The rest was sent to his family back in Detroit.
She said her siblings were used to sharing their belongings, including the two bikes for the entire family.
"We just shared everything," she said. "You did with what you had at the house."
Although they had very little, she said they never felt like "put-downs," meaning children who only had ragged, dirty clothing. She said her mother sewed their clothing and always made sure they were clean.
During the 1940s, she opened her first beauty shop in Detroit — and at one time, owned seven shops. Her husband helped her at the shops for a while, but he later decided to go into construction. The couple moved to the Howell area in 1969, two years after the 1967 Detroit race riots.
Although the couple ended up with a large family, it was a struggle in the early years of their marriage. Janet Weitzel said her mother had seven years of miscarriages before getting pregnant, and the first one was stillborn. In her next pregnancy, the child died at birth.
Sarah Raymond said she remembers screaming for her child and wondering why they didn't bring her baby to her. The couple now has 29 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Although they've slowed down, the couple try to stay active.
Janet Weitzel said her mother still has her driver's license and will occasionally drive to the store. Her father will trim trees and helps spread mulch and gravel. In the winter, he still likes to shovel snow.
"It was pretty amazing, the things they went through," she said.
She said their faith and commitment kept their marriage strong.
Plus, there's one other thing.
"I think you have to (have a sense of humor) with 10 kids," she said.