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Residents Share Their Secrets To A Lasting Marriage

Residents Share Their Secrets To A Lasting Marriage

You never know where life may lead, but one thing is for certain: love is always present. Mother Teresa once said, “Love is the fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.” With Valentine’s Day upon us, we thought we’d share some stories of enduring love (and the secrets to a long, happy marriage) from some of our wise Sodalis Senior Living couples.

Dinah & Bill

Dinah and Bill first met in 1961 while students at Southwestern University. They began dating right away but Dinah only stayed at the university for one semester. Dinah moved back to Houston and began working for NASA as a secretary to the astronauts while Bill continued his studies. But every Friday afternoon, Dinah would borrow Astronaut Gordon Cooper’s convertible and drive 220 miles to visit Bill for the weekend.

When Bill graduated college in 1963, he moved to Houston to be with Dinah and teach high school. They finally married on June 21, 1963 and had two children, Pat and Julie. Bill and Dinah are adventurers and have travelled all over the world together. Today they live at Sodalis Buda Memory Care and have been married for 54 years.

Proud grandparents of seven grandchildren, Bill and Dinah’s secret to a happy marriage is, “Take your time and your vows seriously even through the bad times, then you’re guaranteed to have a love without end.”

Lee & Bob

Lee and Bob met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. Lee says that Bob was too good to pass up – and that blind date led to being married for 64 years. They’ve remained lifelong friends with the friend that set them up.

Lee and Bob are residents at Sodalis Garden Ridge and the secret to their marriage is taking good care of each other. Lee says, “Bob has always been there for me.” Bob says that Lee has always taken good care of him. They both feel very blessed to have one another.

Sharon & Jim

Jim and Sharon met in 1961 in the Air Force in Greenville, Mississippi. They were so sure of each other that they married within two months of meeting. Their 56 years together have led them and their four children on a long journey. They’ve lived in Alaska, Massachussetts, Germany, Hawaii and Texas. Sharon now lives at the Sodalis Dripping Springs community where she can get the care she needs for her Multiple Sclerosis.

What’s the secret to a long and happy marriage, according to Sharon and Jim? For Jim, it’s simple: “At times we fought like cats and dogs, but we made it a habit not to go to bed angry.” As for Sharon, no words are necessary. She still lights up when she sees Jim, who visit her every day. Their love for each other is evident to all that see them together.

Betty & Joe

Betty and Joe were high school sweethearts. They’ve been married for 66 years and have lived at Sodalis Garden Ridge for the last 6 years. Joe loves that Betty got him actively involved in the church. Since then, he’s helped build many churches.

Betty & Joe have several secrets for a long, happy marriage. They both agree that, “Their love of the Lord is their secret to a happy and lasting relationship.” Betty adds that she loves Joe’s patience and love. And that their marriage has lasted so long because, “She won’t let him go.”