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Elderly Couple Marries 70 Years After First Meeting on the School Bus

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Love is a young person’s pursuit, isn’t it? After all, we all know that passion goes hand in hand with inexperience.

When you’re growing up, the hormones run hot, and every little thing the object of your affection does can upset your world. You can’t sleep, your appetite vanishes, and you become listless and moody.

Thank goodness this all disappears when you get older — or does it? Well, judging from a spate of stories about seniors finding romance, it seems that love can certainly be alive at any age.

Just look at Robert Haire and Ada Bryant. According to an announcement placed in The New York Times, there was no romance between Haire and Bryant when they first met.

They were neighbors, and Bryant was good friends with Haire’s wife. When Haire’s wife passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease, he asked Bryant to paint a portrait of her.

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A romance blossomed, and eventually, it led to marriage. The surprising part? Haire was already 86 years old, and Bryant was 97.

“There’s a great difference in our ages, as you can see,” Bryant said. “I didn’t think it was the thing to do because I don’t have that many years ahead of me, but he said, ‘That’s all the more reason.'”

Despite their age, these two are far from the oldest couple to tie the knot.

There’s also British couple George Kirby and Doreen Luckie.

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The two met when Kirby was 76 and Luckie was 64, but they didn’t make it official until the groom had reached the whopping age of 103.

“I suppose it’s about time, really,” Kirby said. “I definitely don’t feel my age.

“Doreen keeps me young.”

For her part, Luckie added, “I won’t be much of a blushing bride, but I’m getting a bit giddy thinking about it.”

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Finally, there’s Jim and Janice Catlin. They had first met in 1947 back when they were both schoolchildren and decades passed before they reconnected.

According to Inside Edition, the two had ridden the bus together as children, blissfully unaware of what the future would hold for them.

They eventually lost touch with one another and didn’t reconnect until they were in their 80s.

But it wasn’t too late.

“I feel about 21,” the groom said of his rediscovered love.



“I found out not too long ago that we have lived in the same house, and all these things were coincidental,” Janice told WKTV. “And I knew him right away when I first saw him.”

The Wisconsin couple shared a total of 174 years between them. When they wed, he was 88 years old and she was 86 years old.

“He’s a very calm man, and he’s very loving, and that’s why I love him,” Janice said. “Because he loves me.”

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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