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True love story: Valentine’s romance stands test of time

TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Donald and Arleen Edwards have a love story that started 61-years-ago.

“Valentine’s Day I proposed to her…I asked her if she would marry me and she said yes and that was extra special,” said Donald.

When Arleen moved into Elizabeth Church Manor nursing home in the Town of Dickinson 9-years-ago, Donald wasn’t able to see her every day. He was living with family in the area because his health was declining too, and couldn’t care for her anymore. But three months ago, he moved in right next door.

“Since I came over to Saint Louise, everyday I can come over and they’d push me and we have lunch together and to us that’s a lot,” said Donald.

Their story might seem picture perfect, but the journey hasn’t been easy.

“She [Arleen] was paralyzed. Fell off a roof,” Donald explained. “When she fell, I mean I was there with her all of the time.”

Through it all Donald stayed by her side.

“I was surrounded by love and prayers from our family, our children, and especially you [Donald],” said Arleen.

Now, Arleen is helping Donald. “Sometimes she reminds me of things that I have forgotten,” he said.

Donald was diagnosed with Dementia.

“It’s awful hard. Awful hard. I can’t remember,” said Donald.

But their love, is so much more than just the memories.

Donald explained, “It’s doing something for each other that we don’t think about it.”

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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