Wanda and LaVern
Thank you eHarmony for being there for 70 year olds.
Where does a 72 year old farm woman go to find someone they would like to spend the rest of their life with? Who wants to go to a bar and who would you find there? At one's church, especially a small country church, the pickings are few for widows in particular. There seemed to be no one. I lost my husband of a sudden heart attack July 27th, 1995. Even though I had close friends I yearned for someone I could share my life with. In Jan of 2003 I was very lonely and decided to take action. I joined eHarmony on Oct 19th and got several matches that did not work out.
In Dec LaVern, a 70 year old farmer and tax preparer, heard about eHarmony on the radio. LaVern began calling almost every night and we talked for an hour or two. I missed it very much when he didn't call and checked my email quite often. I was anxious for him to come so we could meet in person. By now we had become very interested in each other but we hadn't come face to face & we didn't know what the chemistry would be. LaVern wondered what in the world he was doing as a 71 year old man driving 420 mi. to see someone he had never met. I must say he came through in flying colors.
Going back and forth several times we continued to grow in our relationship and our love for one another. We talked much about getting married but didn't know how it would work out since we were both very much family oriented and our families and homes were so far apart. Neither of us wanted to give up our homes. I had just built a new home in 1998 and LaVern's business was in Grant. He asked me to marry him and we decided to get married on the 25th of January.
LaVern's oldest son, Leland came from North Platte, NE and stood up with LaVern. My oldest daughter, Kathy stood up with me. My daughter, Debbie and husband, joined us along with two of Ernie's children that were there to see him. There were twelve in all at our wedding. We served sparkling grape juice and LaVern's favorite red velvet cake that I had picked up at the Valley Center grocery store when I had my hair done that morning. Everything fell into place beautifully and we were man and wife.
We continue to have our two homes and enjoy traveling and being able to be with both of our families. Our love is steadily growing and neither of us are lonely anymore.