Elderly Weddings That Show All Us Desperate Singletons It’s Never Too Late
1. Welcome to Cougar Ville
Residents of the Rosewood Senior Living Facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Bill Strauss, 87, and Dana Jackson, 100, kiss after exchanging “I do’s.” Good on you Dana, getting a younger man!
2. Jolly good, Old Sport
Married in 2007 with a combined age of 177 years, James Mason (93) and Peggy Clark (84) look the picture of happiness on their big day.
3. Making up for lost time
Geneva Freeman married her husband Manuel in a rush a mere hours before he set off to serve in World War II. The ceremony took place at a Kentucky courthouse without the normal hoopla of a wedding: a bridal party, wedding rings or a cake. 70 years later, the couple’s family came together to throw them a ceremony where they could renew their vows and have the dream wedding they never had.
4. Never give up on love
Lena Henderson and Roland Davis, both 85 years old, saw the error in their ways. The couple rekindled their love and remarried after being divorced for 48 years.
5. “It is never too late for a new chapter in life”
This beautiful quote came from Vivian Boyak, 91, and Nonie Dubes, 90, from Davenport, Iowa. The couple tied the knot 72 years into their relationship. Iowa began allowing same-sex marriage in 2009. Vivian and Nonie say, “It is never too late for a new chapter in life.
6. Give up your ‘aul sins
Martina Lopez, 100, and Jose Manuel Riella, 103, of Paraguay, fell in love and moved in together in 1933. After 80 years of “living in sin,” the couple got married in front of their 8 children, 50 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. We were unable to get a copy of the catering bill, but imagine it was huge.
7. Standing room only
Ted Parsons, 98, didn’t get down on one knee when he popped the question to his 90-year-old girlfriend Jean Reed. “If I had gone down on one knee I would have needed help to get up again.”
8. They are ready for their close-up
Wu Conghan, 101, and Wu Songshi, 103, got married in Nanchong, China, in 1924. Sadly there were no photographers in their province at that time, so no photos taken of their wedding. They’re still married 88 years later, and they recently posed for the pictures they didn’t have on their big day
9. Assisted loving
Betty Hill, 84, had been single her whole life until she met Alton Nichols, 91, at her senior living complex in Syracuse, New York. Their ceremony, however, was delayed. Not due to cold feet, Alton the poor guy misplaced the marriage license and ring.
10. I wheelie like you
A newlywed couple ride off on their new lives together. The groom was 94 and the bride was 86.
11. 55 years strong
George Harris, 82, and Jack Evans, 85, became the first gay couple to get married in Dallas, Texas, after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling.
12. Never forget
Toronto’s Carol Harris and George Raynes, both 85, first met during a high school production of Sleeping Beauty in 1936. George moved away, married and started a family. But he and the still single Carol kept in touch. Then, a few months after his wife of over 60 years passed away, George drove back to his hometown to rekindle his friendship with Carol. Their friendship blossomed into something more. They married a few months later.
13. A new (old) record
With more than 195 years combined years on this earth, Lilian Hartley, 97, and Allan Marks, 100, got married after 18 years, making them California’s oldest newlyweds.
14. By George!
27 years into their relationship, Doreen Luckie, 91, and George Kirby, 102, of East Sussex, England, decided to tie the knot after much pressure from their elderly children. They married shortly after George’s 103rd birthday, making him Britain’s oldest groom.