Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

News

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

 

1
Text Only
News
  • nws-gb072914 Casa logo CASA sought for "Jennifer" and "Erica" In order to illustrate and bring awareness to the need for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers in our local community, Advocates for Children will be regularly highlighting one case which is currently on our waiting list. Identifying i

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072914-Self defense pic Smith Martial Arts to hold women’s self-defense class GREENSBURG – It’s an unfortunate fact that women need to know how to protect themselves in today’s society.While it is a comforting thought to believe that someone will help if a woman should find herself in a dangerous situation, there may not alway

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072914-back to school photo 300 students get backpacks, encouragement at Back to School Bash GREENSBURG — With face painting, free hair cuts and backpacks, about 300 local students received some proper primping to help them get over the disappointment that school will begin again next week.About 30 businesses and organizations participated

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072914-devin parson ride pic 2 Ride carries memory of slain boy GREENSBURG – Threatening skies early Saturday morning didn’t dampen or put a damper on the droves that turned out to take part in this year’s annual Devin Lee Parsons “Never Be Forgotten” Memorial Motorcycle Ride.Approximately 55 motorcycles left the

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws-gb072914-ymca 100 gala pic03 Local YMCA celebrates 100th anniversary with Gala GREENSBURG — A summer of centennial revelry culminated Saturday night at the Decatur County Family YMCA with the Celebration 100 Gala.Attendees from around the community joined the Y Board of Directors in reminiscing about the local YMCA’s century-lo

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • Family Clothes Closet summer opening approaches WESTPORT – Since 2008, the Family Clothes Closet has opened twice a year to assist local families by providing free clothing for the whole family.Through the combined effort of 24 area churches, five local organizations and many individuals, entire f

    July 29, 2014

  • nws-gb072914-auditor selection pic Chadwell selected as new county auditor GREENSBURG – A group of 16 Republican precinct committee members selected current Decatur County Clerk Janet Chadwell for the vacant County Auditor office during a special caucus at party headquarters Saturday morning.Chadwell, who previously served

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • No confirmation of Philly papal visit PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Whether Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia during a major gathering of the world’s Roman Catholics remained a matter of speculation Friday after the archdiocese said a report he would attend should not be considered confirmation

    July 26, 2014

  • Islamic State destroys Jonah's Tomb in Mosul BAGHDAD (AP) — As Iraq selected a new president, Islamic militants blew up a revered Muslim shrine in Mosul traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, several residents of the city told The Associated Press.The militants first or

    July 26, 2014

  • Police search Gary for tiger on the loose GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary police searched the northwest Indiana city for a tiger after receiving several reports of a big cat on the loose.The reports began shortly before midnight Thursday and alleged sightings continued into Friday morning. Officers i

    July 26, 2014