Contact Us

Octogenarian Couple, 87 and 88, Weds in Nursing Home

walker-thayer-wedding
Sun Journal

Proving love is not the sole domain of young people, octogenarians and longtime couple Paul Walker and Ann Thayer swapped vows on Tuesday afternoon in Lewiston, Maine.

The two had been dating for 17 years, all along enduring the gentle ribbing from people who asked why they didn’t just go ahead and make it official.

Walker, 88, is currently staying at a nursing care center while he rehabilitates from an unknown injury, and his 87-year-old bride explained,

“All those nurses said, ‘You’ve been together how long? Why didn’t you ever get married?’ Paul looked at me, ‘You want to do it?’ I said, ‘OK, well, when?’ ‘Right now.’”

So Marshwood Center administrator Sheri Nadell organized a ceremony in the facility’s newly-renovated lobby, using white tulle and rose petals as decorations. The nuptials were quick and simple, with the couple sitting in chairs facing each other as dozens of onlookers wished them well.

Afterwards, Nadell said, “I don’t think I’ve seen a bride and groom kiss three times.”

“I think it’s sweet,” said Yvonne Wilkinson, Walker’s daughter-in-law. “I just don’t know why they waited so long.”

The couple hopes to honeymoon in Bermuda once Walker is feeling better. Congrats!

[via Sun Journal]

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://thefw.com using your Facebook account.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on TheFW quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on TheFW quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!