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Couple Remarries 50 Years after 1967 Divorce for One Reason

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Harold Holland, 83, and Lillian Barnes, 78, first met in a Kentucky restaurant in 1955.

The couple decided to tie the knot on Christmas Eve that year, and went on to have five children together.

But by 1967, Harold’s job kept him away from his family for too long, and the couple ultimately decided to get divorced.

They remained friendly, and for over half a century, they moved on with their lives.

In 1975, Harold married a widowed mother-of-three named Maudie Corum, who died of liver disease in 2015.

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Lillian remarried a man named Ted Malin and had two more children with him before he died of a heart attack in 1986.

In 1988, she went on to marry Arval Barnes, who passed away in 2015.

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Shortly after that, Lillian and Harold met up again at a family reunion. By December of 2016, they’d decided they wanted to get married again.

Both began attending church regularly following their divorce those years ago. As they look forward to getting remarried, they credit their faith for bringing them back together.

Both were admittedly surprised by their rekindled romance in one way or another, as Lillian jokingly noted that Harold “didn’t think I’d ever speak to him again. He got fooled.”

“We decided we want to walk the last mile together,” Harold said.

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On April 15, 2018, Lillian and Harold will get married once again in a ceremony performed by their grandson at a local Baptist church.

And as the day is quickly approaching, they have learned what to do differently this time around in what they both hope to be their final marriage.

“We’ll go do whatever we want to, whenever we want to do it. I’ll take her wherever she wants to go,” Harold said of his bride-to-be.

“We have a lot in common,” Lillian said.

“I don’t think we ever lost that love, to tell you the truth,” Harold agreed.

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Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
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