This Saturday in Buffalo, New York, 85 year-olds Lena Henderson and Roland Davis plan to tie the knot for the second time around.
The couple met 70 or so years ago when they were teenagers in Tennessee. They married, had four kids, then divorced in 1964, before divorce was as common as a college education.
Mr. Davis remarried and moved from Buffalo to Colorado, until recently when his second wife died. Worried that her father was alone, the couple’s oldest daughter Johnnie Mae Funderbirk (what a name!) urged her father to move back to the East Coast.
So how did their reunion come to be? It seems that the couple had always stayed on good terms while apart. Their youngest daughter Renita Chadwick told UPI, “My mother never had a harsh or contrary word to say about my dad, and my dad never had anything but loving remarks to make about my mother.”
When Davis was preparing for his move back East he popped the question to Henderson during a phone conversation. Henderson said, “Well, well…yes.”
“I think we just kept thinking about each other all the time, even though we were so far apart,” she told UPI.
Like many, I have a special place in my heart for estranged couples who rejoin after many years—it’s a testament to enduring love and mistakes corrected. A full six percent of American couples remarry the same person after a divorce, and while a portion of the six percent redivorce too (see: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton), hopefully Davis and Henderson will stick it out until the end. Which—let’s be honest—shouldn’t be too terribly long.