85-Year-Old Couple Remarries After 48 Years of Divorce

BY: - 2 Aug '12 | On the Web

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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.”

View the full story on BuffaloNews.com.

BMWK, would you ever remarry an Ex?

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Erika Benton-Martin wrote 11 articles on this blog.

Erika Benton-Martin is a student at Clark Atlanta University, majoring in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Journalism. Erika has strong interests in online media and investigative journalism. She is also the owner of the blog College Girl's Diary.


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  • kelly

    Who knows…I believe that people change over the years.

  • http://lifeofabrother-nylse.blogspot.com nylse

    life happens…i think its sweet.



  • Hattie Perry

    Not mine – someone else’s yes.

  • Nicole

    At 85 years old, I probably would remarry my former spouse. We are different people, less incline to operate from a fear base model.

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Miss Teen America Logan West Fights to Stop Bullying

BY: - 3 Aug '12 | On the Web

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On July 28, Connecticut native, Logan West was crowned Miss Teen USA 2012. Just a few days after a victory, West has been appearing on local media outlets to promote her bully prevention platform. A former victim of bullying, West was often made fun of because she “did not act like her skin color.”

“Being Miss Teen USA will give me the opportunity to educate students about bullying on a national level and share my story.   It wasn’t always easy, but my parents made sure that I learned how to cope with it and ensure that I didn’t stay introverted.  I lost who Logan was when I was being bullied, but I found that participating in pageants helped me find “˜her’ again as well as gain the confidence to be a role model and voice for others.   During my reign, I hope to share with teens the importance of being true to yourself, ” she told MSNBC.

West affirms that being bullied has helped shape her into the person she is today. During her reign as Miss Teen America, she plans to speak out against bullying and partner with organizations, such as D.A.R.E, in educating teachers, students, and parents on the issue. On July 31, West spoke to Fox News about her recent victory and previous battle with bullies.


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Angel Mills is a student at Howard University studying Broadcast Journalism. Also known as the Self-Proclaimed Mediast, Angel is a blogger and writer. Her ideal career would entail traveling the world and writing about the people she meets along the way.


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