Get out a box of tissues, and prepare yourself for the beautiful story of Betty and Everett Potter, the best of all the tales about engagement rings we’ve heard! <!–more–>
Betty, 86, and Everett (affectionately known as “Pop”), 97, grew up on neighboring farms and married in 1945. After returning from World War II, Pop worked for chemical companies while Betty worked as a medical secretary. They had a son, three grandchildren, and are now the proud great-grandparents of James, 4, and Michael, 2, who call them “Great Gram” and “Great Grump.”
Pop, who is blind and is suffering from poor health, recently entered the Life Choice Hospice Center. When hospice workers offered to grant Pop’s dying wish, he said that he had always felt bad that he hadn’t been able to afford a diamond engagement ring for Betty when they wed. So with help from Wayland Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Lifeline Ambulance Service, and Long’s Jewelers in Natick, a round solitaire diamond ring was given to the couple, along with two 18-karat yellow gold wedding bands, a bouquet of lilies and roses, and champagne.
“Everybody’s learning from you,” Long’s salesman Paul Weber told Pop, “what true love is all about.”
A vow renewal ceremony was planned for the couple at the Methodist church in Milford, New Hampshire, where they wed 65 years ago. Pop helped plan the day, including a specail lunch menu of chicken salad sandwiches, tomato soup and lemon poppy seed cake. The couple sat snuggled up with blankets on an hourlong bus ride to and from the ceremony, singing along oldies tunes.
The lovebirds were wheeled down the aisle at the church, with family, friends, and one of the bridesmaids from their 1945 wedding in attendance.
“I’d be lost without you,” Pop said in his vows. “You kept me going and kept me young. I remember the times we used to dance around the kitchen, and how good of a cook you were, our walks home from my father’s farm and most of all what nice legs you had. I could not be happier that fate stepped in and brought you to me…I would be proud to marry you today and a million more times. I thank you for making me into the man I am today.”
After drawing much laughter and tears, Pop ended his vows with, “And although I could say it better if I had all my teeth: I love you forever.”