They always say if love is meant to be, it’ll come back around. Lena Henderson and Roland Davis of West Seneca, New York are a living testament to this old saying.
The two, now both 85, married as teenagers and after 20 years of marriage and four children later, they divorced in 1964. But with the encouragement of their eldest daughter, Johnnie Mae Funderbirk, the two are getting remarried after nearly a half-century apart. The couple plans to remarry again on Saturday, with four generations in attendance to see it all happen.
“It’s every child’s dream, every child who has ever been in a family where divorce has occurred, that your parents would come back together,” their youngest daughter, Renita Chadwick, said.
The couple kept in touch during their nearly 50 years apart, frequently talking on the phone. Henderson even counseled Davis’ then-new wife on how to deal with him.
During one of those phone conversations, Davis popped the question again to Henderson after deciding to move back to New York. She said “yes,” and he soon flew to Buffalo with the engagement ring pinned to his shirt out of fear of losing it during the flight.
The two are excited about the reunion and their family is cheering the couple on.
As the Buffalo News reports, it will be, by all accounts, an affair to remember and, in the eyes of both Henderson and Davis, a chance to thank God for reuniting them after all these years.
“You don’t think people are going to get married at this age,” Davis says. “We’re just thankful we’ve lived this long and that we’re still here. We have a lot to be thankful for.”
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