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Too late to find love? We think not.

By Kristin Wong Jan 28, 2013 7:02PM

Worried that you'll never meet someone special?  This story should offer some hope. Proving that it's never too late to find love, a 97-year-old bride and 89-year-old groom tied the knot over the weekend.

Ada Laurie Bryant and Robert Mitchell Haire married in Hockessin, Delaware, on Saturday. It also happened to be the anniversary of the day the couple made their relationship official. The two met at Country House, a retirement community in Wilmington. They started off as friends, but after spending some time together, Robert began to see something special in Ada:

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"There was some kind of feeling," he told the New York Times.

Ada moved into the community in 2001, and shortly after, her husband passed away. Robert and his wife moved into Country House in 2007. In January 2010, his wife was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. Sadly, she passed away 15 months later. Robert then asked Ada, who happened to be friends with his wife, to paint a portrait of his late love. He was "blown away" by her talent. The two went to a local shop to pick out a frame then had lunch at a tearoom.

From there, the dates became regular. On Jan. 25, 2012, Robert finally mustered up the courage to slip a poem under Ada's door.

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"This represents how I feel in our relationship as a couple," Robert wrote.

"I was desperately trying to strike a balance between too timid or bold. I didn’t want to mess things up,” he said. “I can attest that [courtship] doesn’t get easier, even in advanced age.”

Robert woke the next morning to discover that his crush had slipped a response under his door. She was happy to "heartily enter into that relationship."

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One of Ada's daughters recalls speaking to her mom on the phone around that time. She told the Times:

“Her voice was kind of glowing. She loved having someone to talk to again. Since my father died, she just didn’t have someone to talk to in the deepest sense.”

That Valentine's Day, Robert gave Ada a ring. He told her he wanted to have it mounted as an engagement ring. Ada refused, but said she would accept it as a friendship ring. While Robert never put any pressure on his girlfriend, he did let her know he was committed to her:

“She could rely on me no matter whether we married or not.”

But on August 6, 2012, Ada finally accepted Robert's proposal.

“I didn’t think it was the thing to do because I don’t have that many years ahead of me," Ada said. "But he said, ‘That’s all the more reason.’ I like him very much. I love him."

The Times reported that the bride is keeping her name.

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Jan 29, 2013 8:22PM

two words...two letters ,,,Life insurance and KY


Jan 29, 2013 8:14PM
Obviously at their age...sex is probably "out of the question."  But when folks are OLDER and marry, a lot of times they have "already" had their "husbands and wives" who passed, so those were the "partners" that they had the "hot sex" with!  My landlord is like 86 years old. He's mobile, walks two miles everyday and travels with a companion (his wife passed in 2001).  Now, this lady who is with him, is very "snazzy" and probably a lot younger than he is, but he takes her on LONG VACATIONS (He went to Spain for an entire month) out to dinner and the movies.  He even buys her Valentine Day gifts.  So I don't know.  He sounds a lot BETTER than some of the YOUNGER MEN I know.  And..I have married friends who don't have frequent "sex" with their husbands, and they are "just now" around 50 years old.
Jan 29, 2013 8:06PM

Even though it sounds cute for a 97 year old to get married, what is the point?  A lot of men don't get hard ons when they are in their mid 50's, so what would make a honeymoon night so special?  What I think is that the couple might have just wanted to have more of an income from the social security administration.  Even if it's allowed, I don't feel that it is the right reason to marry.

If a day ever comes when marriage isn't allowed after a certain age, it might be a good idea.  If people are laughing about it, it isn't just something cute; it's looked upon as a joke.

Jan 29, 2013 7:54PM
How sweet!  I wish them both much happiness!
Jan 29, 2013 7:49PM
I hope they have a house near a good school for their children.
Jan 29, 2013 7:33PM

they were both married for a long time and there spouces died .. and guess what they are now married again ..


Their example speaks well for marrage ..


i hope young people who marry today    also have great lasting marrages.


so tired of hearing about divorce rates .


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