*They’ve been together more than 70 years, and have lived long enough to see the day when they can legally get married. And Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes finally took the big step!
The Quad City Times says Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, did the nuptials, during a ceremony on Saturday.
“This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago,” the Rev. Linda Hunsaker told the small group of close friends and family who attended.
The couple met in their hometown of Yale, Iowa, as youngsters. In 1947 they moved to Davenport and Boyack taught school while Dubes did payroll work.
Dubes said the two have enjoyed their life together and over the years they have traveled to all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada, and to England twice.
“We’ve had a good time,” Dubes said.
Boyack said it takes a lot of love and work to keep a relationship going for 72 years.
Longtime friend Jerry Yeast, 73, said he got to know the couple when he worked in their yard as a teenager.
“I’ve known these two women all my life, and I can tell you, they are special,” Yeast said.
In 2009, Iowa began allowing gay marriage. The two women say it’s never too late for a new chapter in life.
Congratulations to you!