Three Holiday Retirement couples who have gone the distance in marriage
Love is in the air this month as Holiday Retirement residents across the country celebrate their February wedding anniversaries. Have a look into the journeys of a few of our happy couples and what brought them to these milestone anniversaries.
High school sweethearts celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary
Art first set his sights on Flo when she worked at the five and dime store in high school. He boldly stepped up to the men’s underwear counter and asked her to movies. Flattered, Flo said yes, wore her best dress and spent hours at the movies with Art. They saw two movies, a news reel and the funnies. The rest, as they say, is history. Art and Flo dated for seven years, eventually planning their winter wedding in Chicago for Feb. 11, 1952. Days before the wedding, Flo’s father came down with the mumps, effectively postponing the wedding. Healthy and back on his feet, Flo’s father walked her down the aisle and gave her away to Art Feb. 23, 1952.
This month marks Art and Flo’s 65th wedding anniversary. Along with their four children and six grandchildren, this happy couple has had their fair share of friends to go through life with over the years. Art says, “the key to a happy marriage is to get a divorce once a week or so, meaning, get what is bothering you out in the open and talk about it, then make up.” Flo agrees—and says most of the time it is Art’s fault. Today, Art and Flo call Parkside Court at Holiday Retirement their home. Cheers to 65 years of wedded bliss!
Square dancing leads to love for Oregon seniors
Glen, 102, and Thelma, 96, were longtime neighbors when they each lost their spouse. Trying to find ways to stay active and get out of the house, Glen asked Thelma to teach him how to square dance (good excuse, Glen!). The two dated for a couple of years, and eventually wed Feb. 10, 1979. This year, they celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary—just four days before the love-inspired holiday of Valentine’s Day.
Through two marriages and a combined 139 years of marriage experience, these two lovebirds know it’s not worth holding grudges against your partner and the faster you get over disagreements the better. These days, Glen and Thelma are sharing their advice for a long, happy marriage at Holiday Retirement’s Vineyard Place.
Love at first sight leads platinum anniversary
Pat, 70, first met Kent, 99, at work when she trained him on different tasks. Following the training, she immediately told another coworker, “that’s the man I’m going to marry.” However, shortly after the work training, Pat moved away and didn’t leave Kent with an address or phone number. Months later, Pat phoned the old company and Kent overheard the conversation. He jumped on the phone with Pat and asked her on a date for that very night.
After dating for nine fun-filled months, the young lovebirds were married Feb. 15, 1947. Seventy years, two children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren later, they’ll celebrate their platinum anniversary among friends at Holiday Retirement's Point Defiance Village. When asked what contributed to their 70 years of wedded bliss, Kent said, “love before anything else. Trust and compatibility is a must, and liking different football teams is not a problem.”
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