And the winners are...

It was very hard to just choose three couples.  I chose these three couples because their time is limited, as some are in poor health and I feel  it’s important to document their love.

  

Ann & Irv Devoe submitted by Angela:

My Grandparents, Ann & Irv Devoe. They just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They are still as much in love as they were the day they were married. They have 3 beautiful daughters (one being my mother), many grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren they still get to enjoy everyday. My grandmother also gave birth to a baby boy who only lived 10 hours and my grandmother never even got to see him.

 

The story I will always remember them telling us was when they were in school, at a dance. Back then they had “dance cards” the women would fill in the names of the gentlemen they wished to dance with. My grandmother still has that dance card. She danced with one boy the first dance, and then my grandfather for the second dance. The remainder of her dance card was filled with my grandfathers name. The rest was history.

Growing up in the Great Depression my grandmother was quite poor and didn’t have electricity until she was in her early 20′s. She would walk to the end of her driveway when my grandfather would pick her up for dates because she was so embarrassed of where and how she lived. That didn’t stop him. 65 years later, my grandfather is 85 going through Chemo Treatments for Kidney Cancer, (2nd bought), My grandmother is legally blind in one eye, has had two hip replacements, a broken pelvis and has been diagnosed with Dementia, with her good days and bad days, sometimes having to be reminded who we are. Through thick and thin these two human beings are incredible, true love is defined by them. At a family party just last weekend, I saw with my own eyes, my grandmother rubbing my grandfathers leg under the table and playing footsies. The saying is “True Love Never Dies” rings true in my mind when I see them together. They amaze me all the time and always have. I would be lucky to find love like theirs in my lifetime.

 

Joseph and Genevieve Zampier submitted by Abby:

My husbands grandparents. Joseph and Genevieve Zampier.  My husbands grandparents. Joseph and Genevieve Zampier. They loved each other through WWII, raised 5 kids and grandparents to countless grand kids and great grand kids. They have been married over 65 years. Recently, they had to move out of their home they lived in their entire marriage. Unable to care well enough for one another they moved into an assisted living home. Then in December Joseph fell ill and they had to separate the couple. Genevieve stayed in the assisted living home and Joseph had to go to a nursing home. The first time they’ve been apart in almost 70 years!! They are both heartbroken! Now Joseph isn’t doing well and we aren’t sure how much time he has left. This would mean the world Genevieve and the entire family. They loved each other through WWII, raised 5 kids and grandparents to countless grand kids and great grand kids. They have been married over 65 years. Recently, they had to move out of their home they lived in their entire marriage. Unable to care well enough for one another they moved into an assisted living home. Then in December Joseph fell ill and they had to separate the couple. Genevieve stayed in the assisted living home and Joseph had to go to a nursing home. The first time they’ve been apart in almost 70 years!! They are both heartbroken! Now Joseph isn’t doing well and we aren’t sure how much time he has left. This would mean the world Genevieve and the entire family.

 

Gloria & Walter Blair submitted by Kellie:

We have many couples here at Prestwick Chase who have been married for over 60 years. One couple who sticks out to me is Gloria and Walter Blair. They are such a loving couple and have been married for 65 years. They have raised 5 beautiful daughters. It would be an honor if you would consider them for your shoot!