Stories of lasting love can capture your heart and make you feel fairytales aren’t just for story books! As we celebrate the month of love, all you have to do is believe as some of our residents share their stories of true love. You may want to grab a tissue before reading any further, these stories each one beautiful and unique will not only inspire, but melt your heart!
The Brookfield Assisted Living (Claremore)
Bill and Jean Moss have been married for 70 years! They met on a blind date when Jean was still in high school and Bill had just returned from the war. From there, their love story began. They were married on August 19, 1946 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (after getting permission because Jean was only 17). Shortly after, Bill went to Seminary school in Dallas. Then after graduation he served as Pastor all over the state until finally settling down in Claremore, Oklahoma. Bill was the Pastor for many years and was responsible for the building of the new First United Methodist Church in
Claremore from which he retired. Jean says “they still love each other." Today Bill resides at the Claremore Veterans Center. Friends from Church bring him to The Brookfield every Monday to spend time with Jean and play Bingo. The couple still attends Church together each week at First United Methodist. Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Moss for sharing your beautiful story!
Plantation Village Nursing Center (Altus)
Spring bloomed on the outskirts of Paris in 1950 and among the beauty was Suzie Whittmer, a resident at Plantation Village Nursing Center, who was working as a waitress at a small restaurant in the castle of fellow frenchman Napoleon Bonaparte. At the time, her goal was to finish business school. However, those plans changed when U.S. Airman, Larry Whittmer asked for directions and swept her off her feet! Though it was a fairly tale meeting, Suzie never planned to marry an English speaking, red head, but found herself flying to America on June 25,1952. Just two days after arriving on American soil, Suzie married Larry on June 27, 1952. The couple traveled the world. And, after 63 wonderful years of marriage, Mr. Whittmer passed away. She still gushes when she tells the story of how she met the love of her life. A true story that reflects trust and courage!
The Springs (Muskogee)
Mr. and Mrs. Todd met when they were 18-years-old thanks to family. The two dated for 6 months before saying “I do” in 1951. Now nearly 66 years later, they’re offering up this piece of advice for a lasting marriage, “love each other to the fullest, don’t give up when things get hard and always be 50/50 in everything,” they said. We couldn’t agree more, Mr. and Mrs. Todd!
Grace Living Center Norman
Joe and Marion Coker have been married for 67 years. The couple wed on August 27, 1949 after meeting one summer while Joe was working at his family’s car dealership. Joe states when they first met it was, “love at first sight.” He recalls asking her if he could have a date every night until the summer ended and he went back to college. She agreed. Marion said she had promised her parents she would finish school before she got married and kept her promise. Now nearly seven decades later, Marion comes to see her, “first and only love,” every day at Grace Living Center Norman. The pair still act like teenagers in love. Joe told us, “I’ve never loved anyone else,” while Marion sat by his side smiling!
Grace Living Center Chickasha
At the young age of 15, Hazel White, a resident at Grace Living Center Chickasha, was working as a waitress at the Sayre Oklahoma Bus Station when she saw a young Airman walk in and sit down. She later found out his name was Elvie Mandrell. At the time he was in the Air Force and was traveling to a base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Elvie ordered a huge steak dinner with all the fixings and by the time he had finished his meal he was flirting with Hazel so much he left without paying his check. Elvie saw Hazel two more times and by that point was head over heels in love with her. When Elvie got back to base in Albuquerque, he borrowed enough money from the Red Cross to buy a bus ticket and sent it to Hazel to come see him. Hazel packed her bag and headed to Albuquerque, but she didn’t tell her parents where she was going. Hazel later sent a letter to her parents explaining she would be coming back to Sayre, but was first going to get married. Together they raised three children, one son and two daughters. Hazel said Elvie spoiled her in every way and that he was the best man she has ever met. Their son Gerald was visiting when she was telling us her love story. Gerald said his Dad was an amazing man who taught his children to respect others and the morals they live by today. Hazel said she couldn’t have asked for a better husband. Hazel is pictured with her son while holding her favorite picture of Elvie. Hazel said that’s what he looked like when we first fell in love. She said everyone thought he looked like Jimmy Stewart, and sure enough he does! Hazel, thank you for sharing your fairly tale romance. It certainly swept us off our feet!
Grace Living Center Tahlequah (University Northwest)
Thelma Meigs, a resident at Grace Living Center Tahlequah, University Northwest married her husband, Atha on October 2, 1948. The couple first met at a church revival in Santa Paula, California in 1947. Thelma told her future husband, “when you ask me to marry you, I want a Christian household.” And, he provided that. The secret to ever lasting love, according to Thelma, is God and a lot of patience. Great advice, Thelma!