McMinnville Church Members Celebrate Vintage Love

November 05, 2016 | Michelle McMillen

At an age when few people are blessed to celebrate birthdays, these McMinnville (Ore.) Church members celebrated new love.

Richard Nelson, a 90-year-old widower, and Betty Mills, 89-year-old widow, pledged their love and commitment on Sept. 18 before a sanctuary full of friends and family. It was the first time Jerry Joubert, McMinnville Church pastor, could remember uniting a couple of that "vintage," and there was some good-natured banter during the ceremony. Before introducing the new couple to the guests, Joubert presented the couple with a pair of fancy canes.

After the wedding ceremony, everyone retired to the friendship hall for the reception and buffet. Most commonly heard from well-wishers was that this was the most fun wedding celebration anyone had experienced. Perhaps that is the secret to both Richard’s and Betty’s long and active lives — “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Prov. 17:22).