A senior living facility in Burlington, Colorado got to celebrate decades of true love last week, when two residents marked their 72nd wedding anniversary.
91-year-old lovebirds Leonard and Shirley Matties have been holding hands for more than seven decades, and they’re still doing it today. When one employee at Grace Manor Care Center heard their wedding anniversary was coming up, she chipped in to make the day extra special for them with a sweet photoshoot.
Staff at the Grace Manor Care Center helped Shirley put on an immaculate pink dress to mark the special occasion.
They wheeled her down a corridor to see Leonard, with the retired farmers enjoying a romantic celebration complete with flowers and a photograph of them in their younger days.
Ardis Behrendsen, an employee at Grace Manor Care Center, shared pictures and video on Facebook, calling it “the most amazing day I have had since working in healthcare.” She wrote:
(With permission from my resident’s family, I get to share some pictures about the most amazing day I have had since working in healthcare). I have been working in long term healthcare since I was 16. Working with the elderly has always been a huge passion to me. What I got to be a part of today was the most beautiful experience, this amazing couple has been married 72 years today. Not only was I able to get this beautiful bride a dress and doll her all up, but I was also able to take pictures of their very special day and capture the love and commitment they have for each other, even after 72 years. Leonard and Shirley are such a beautiful example of what true love is and prove that when you truly love someone, you fix what is broken and love each other through all the hard times you may face. I can’t even begin to tell you how it felt to witness so much love and emotion today, seeing the look on Leonard’s face when I brought Shirley out was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It’s days like today that I feel so blessed to do what I do….. because in the end, love is the only thing that truly matters. Thank you Leonard and Shirley for reminding me what life is all about, you are truly an inspiration to me. I love you both.
Shirley has dementia, which has been difficult for Leonard to understand. But that day, Shirley had no problem recognizing the love of her life.
Not many couples get the chance to say they’ve been married for seven decades. Leonard and Shirley Matties are some of the lucky few.
They say, age does not matter. It is couples like Leonard and Shirley who show us exactly how true those words can be. They both had restored our faith in true love.