With their 65th wedding anniversary coming up in June, Ron and Lois are as in love today as they were when they first met at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener.
“Ron came to college engaged, but he said ‘that wasn’t the right one,’ and somehow I won his heart,” said Lois.
“She’s been the right one ever since,” Ron replied.
Because they were putting themselves through school, Ron and Lois didn’t have money for extravagant dates in the early days of their romance. Fortunately, Ron had his own car he used to drive Lois everywhere. On their favourite outings, Ron would pick Lois up, drive to the country, and pull over to the side of the road to study. Eventually, Ron proposed to Lois on one of those dusty roads.
“At first, Lois thought I was kidding,” said Ron. “But we soon set the date to get married.”
Upon graduation, the couple spent many years pastoring locally and overseas and were delighted to welcome a son and daughter during that time. Ron and Lois retired just five years ago, eventually making their way back to Kitchener to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Now in their 80’s, the couple is focusing on their health to ensure they can stay together in the home they love.
“Exercise is very important. We try to put that top priority,” said Lois.
They have been attending free, SMART™ (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) group gentle exercise classes in their apartment building for the last four years, just one of five exercise options for seniors and adults with disabilities offered by Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC).
“I think in the long run, it will help me to walk and not have some of the falls a lot of people have. Anyone who takes it will find they get more mobility,” said Ron.
Classes are offered at over 100 convenient locations across Waterloo Region, with hundreds of participants benefiting from the physical and social benefits each week.
“The exercise group has also been good socially. We have friends from there. There are good connections, and everyone tries to help each other,” said Lois.
This Valentine’s Day the couple are just happy to be together, in their own home.
“It would make all the difference in the world to me if I were not living in this home. To me, this set up here is making life worth living. And still having my wife with me helps too,” said Ron.
CSC relies on more than 1,300 volunteers, donors and supporters to help over 7,500 clients live at home with independence and dignity. All of CSC’s programs and services fall under nutrition, physical health, social wellbeing, and aging at home, which includes homemaking and home maintenance.