Grady And Marie Jefferys, A Raleigh Couple 'Keeping It Together'

Aug 12, 2015

Marie (left) and Grady Jefferys
Credit Andrew Tie

The marriage between Grady and Marie Jefferys began under uncertain circumstances.

Marie had just left a violent ex-husband, Grady had withdrawn from college, and neither of their parents approved of their relationship.

  It was a marriage that defied the social norms of North Carolina in the 1950s, when Grady started his career as a prominent Raleigh journalist and communications consultant.

More than 60 years later, the Jefferys’ marriage has survived challenges that often end relationships: a life-threatening cancer diagnosis, a fallout with one of their children, and a long separation.

Keeping it Together” is the memoir of an unconventional courtship that has led to a lasting marriage.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Grady and Marie Jefferys about how they have stayed together at a time when the institution of marriage itself has changed dramatically.