This year for Valentine’s Day, the residents at Cross Creek at Lee’s Summit decided to share their stories of meeting and marrying their loved ones in honor of the holiday.
Below are a few of their stories:
Sally and Bill
Cross Creek resident Sally shared the love story of her and her husband, Bill.
Bill was in the Airforce, and Sally was in her senior year of college at the University of Nevada getting her degree in teaching when they met. They were introduced to each other when Sally’s sister’s date brought his friend Bill along for a double date with Sally. Before long, the two were engaged to marry in April – just six months after they had met in November.
“We just fell in love. We did,” recalls Sally. They did not have much money, so Sally insisted that Bill not get her a fancy ring. He ended up buying her a beautiful engagement ring, anyway. In the years that followed, Sally and Bill had four children.
“He was the best dad and the best husband. He was nice to everybody,” Sally said. She and Bill were married for over 50 years, until his passing in 2017. Reflecting on their shared life and the twists and turns that it took as they moved from Nevada to Missouri and raised their children, Sally simply says, “It was all planned by God.”
Glenna and Glenn
Cross Creek resident Glenna shared the love story of her and her husband, Glenn.
Glenna met Glenn on a blind date, when a mutual friend suggested that they would be a good match because their names were so similar. They had a blast on the date, laughing the night away. “We just had more fun that you could ever imagine,” says Glenna, remembering those first few dates.
It wasn’t long before Glenna was smitten. “I was head over heels in love with him, and when he kissed me goodnight after one date, I found out he was a great kisser!”
Glenn was sent to North Korea during the Korean War, but sent letters back to Glenna while he was away. When he returned, it was time to ask for her hand in marriage, but Glenna feared that her father might not approve – she was the oldest of four children, and the apple of her father’s eye. But, to her delight, her father wholeheartedly approved. The two were married for over 50 years and had two sons. “Glenn was an excellent father. We were happier than you can imagine, and we had an absolutely wonderful life,” Glenna said.