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April 2, 2013

Love everlasting: Hickory Creek couple renews wedding vows

Greensburg — David and Roxie Meyer recall that April 1, 1978 was a sunny, blustery day in Greensburg.

It was also the day the Tree City couple pronounced their vows to one another and were wed in St. Mary’s Church on the fourth anniversary of their first date.

Thirty-five years later, David and Roxie, now residents of Hickory Creek of Greensburg, pledged to continue the vows they made to each other three and a half decades ago.

The happy couple were joined by family members and several friends at Hickory Creek of Greensburg Monday morning for a vow renewal ceremony that celebrated the Meyer’s 35th wedding anniversary.

David’s parents, Norbert and Connie Meyer, were accompanied by David and Roxie’s son, Jason, and Roxie’s mother, Ruth Oakes, at the ceremony, which drew a crowd of several supportive Hickory Creek residents as well as many staff members who had set out to make the day as memorable as the couple’s initial joining 35 years ago.

Decatur County Auditor Tami Wenning conducted the ceremony while Greensburg Common Council member Terry Wagner represented the city during the vow renewal and led the small congregation in a prayer.

David and Roxie sat across from one another as Wenning described the evolution of a relationship.

“Good relationships never stop growing,” the auditor said. “Like fine wine, they get better with age.”

Wenning told David and Roxie, “Let your love be stronger than your anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break.”

She told them to say ‘I love you’ to one another each and every day, and reminded them that marriage is a “precious gift,” one that requires “a lifelong dedication to love and a daily challenge to love one another more fully and freely.”

David and Roxie repeated their vows to love and cherish one another under an arch donated by Expression Florists and Gifts. Roxie’s corsage and David’s boutonniere were also given to them by Expression. A runway dotted with flower petals led the couple to the makeshift altar.

Following the ceremony, the couple shared a piece of wedding cake, drank pink punch and chatted with friends and family in Hickory Creek’s activity room.

Cheryl Harford, Hickory Creek activity coordinator, stated she and other staff “couldn’t pass up the opportunity” to celebrate the Meyer’s anniversary. This was the first time she and her fellow staff members had organized a ceremony commemorating a wedding milestone.

Harford was assisted with planning and other facets of the vow renewal ceremony by Hickory Creek Administrator Jim Hobbs, Social Services Director Melissa Ooley, Dietary Coordinator Vickey Garland, and staff members Debbie Dickson and Linda Wishmeier. Others helping out included Rich Gilland, who dealt with furniture placement, and residents Hans Davis and Catha Dillon.

Davis supervised decorations for the ceremony, while Dillon handled the music. Catha, who was featured in an article in the Daily News last week, presented her friends with a wedding gift: Storm Warning, a book by Dr. Billy Graham.

As the couple sipped punch and polished off a piece of wedding cake, David Meyer stated the key to a successful marriage can be summed up in only a few words: “Just loving each other.”

David recalled the couple’s first date on April 1, 1974 and their wedding exactly four years later. Monday’s chilly weather was several degrees below the thermometer’s reading in 1978, he indicated, when he remembered the temperature being in the 70’s the day he and Roxie were wed.

But regardless of the discrepancy in Mother Nature’s present-day Spring forecast, the Meyer’s affection for one another appears every bit as warm as it was all those years ago. And that sentiment was shared by those in attendance who applauded the ceremony, cheered as the couple kissed, and wiped away joyful tears at the sight of the two holding hands.

“It took a lot of work,” said Connie Meyer of the ceremony. “But, it was just wonderful.”

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056

 

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