John is a World War II veteran and 100 years old while his partner, Phyllis Cook is 102 years. Both met at an assisted living facility in Ohio and love soon blossomed
Now here is a heartwarming story about how it's never too late to fall in love and find the 'one' for you. John and Phyllis Cook found themselves at an assisted living facility in Ohio sometime ago. As time passed, they found that they really enjoyed each other's company. Both of their respective partners had been dead for quite a while now and to substitute for their loss, they turned to each other. After being friends for 10 years, they decided to finally make it official. It's not every day that you seniors who are 100 years old tie the knot and this has become one of the highlights of the care facility they have been staying in.
John and Phyllis Cook were the talk of their assisted living facility after getting hitched last Wednesday. https://t.co/CY00bLtOtm— NBC4 Columbus (@nbc4i) July 4, 2019
The two had been dating for a year before they decided to get married. On Wednesday, the two secured a marriage license and made their union official. A World War II veteran, John who is 100-years old, told NBC News, “It wasn’t the plan, but we got here, and they said we could marry you here. I said, ‘Good, let’s get it over with.'” Phyllis who is slightly older than John at 102, said, “To tell you the truth, we fell in love with each other."
She added, "I know you think that may be a little bit far-fetched for somebody our age, but we fell in love with each other.” She will celebrate her 103 birthday in August and it's going to be extra special knowing that John is officially hers. Phyllis is a devout Christian and this was something that John really admired about her. Their love grew more as they spent more time with each other. Marriage was obviously the only step forward which they took according to Phyllis.
However, even as they spent more time with each other they say they know the importance of their personal space. "What we do, we keep both of our apartments. He's upstairs and I'm down," said Phyllis whose mother lived to be 106 years old. John also said that they were a perfect fit for each other in numerous ways, “Well, we were just compatible in a whole lot of ways, found ourselves enjoying each other’s company.”
Most couples enter into a marriage with hopes of spending a lifetime together.— the four on 9&10 News (@thefour910) July 4, 2019
But this pair proves that you can fall in love at any age.
John and Phyllis Cook starting dating about a year ago after both lost their spouses. https://t.co/cEHFhVxiI4
Newlyweds John and Phyllis Cook are celebrating their new lives together at their Ohio senior living facility.— Meatblanket (@MeatBlankett) July 4, 2019
. . . John just turned 100, and Phyllis will turn 103 in August.
*The bride said, 'This is a moment in my life I'll never soon forget.' ...Then, she forgot! pic.twitter.com/NbOxj6wXMg
Age is however just a number and does not hinder their romance one bit. The sparks still fly around and they can't be away from each other even one bit. When asked what was a favorite thing they did together, John humorously replied said, "Well, I probably shouldn't talk about that." More and more people are finding love and marrying in their old age. According to a report by the Institute for Family Studies, the number of people who married over the age of 65 has been increasing since the 1960s.
One of the reasons given for this is the rise in the standard of living leading to people living longer than they did 50 years ago. Back then, data shows there were only 64 women for every 100 men in the age group of 65 years or older. Now there are 80 women of the same age group for 100 men. For elders above the age of 75 years or older, the number of women per 100 men is currently at 68 for every 100 men as compared to the 48 women for every 100 men in the 1960s.