Coronavirus forces couple to spend their first anniversary apart in 70 years
The Largo couple will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in separate buildings. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are forced to go their separate ways.
LARGO, Florida (WTSP) – April 16, 2020 will be a special day for Joan and Don Carroll.
“This will be the first anniversary we’ve spent separately,” Joan said.
The Largo couple will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in separate buildings. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are forced to go their separate ways. Don is a resident of Oak Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Largo while Joan is in another local assisted living community.
Joan was a regular visitor to Oak Manor, driving to spend time with her husband, but her visits were suddenly cut short when hospitals and other businesses changed visitor restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
This did not interrupt the connection.
“I can’t believe 70 years ago we got married. 1950! April 16, ”Joan said in a recorded message for Don from his home.
The couple communicated via video chats and photos.
“We’ve had such a wonderful life,” she continued, holding up their wedding cake and a tattered first anniversary card. “We’ve done so much, but I happen to have a few memories here. It was on our wedding cake. I have kept it all these years in a safe place. And then Don, when we celebrated our first anniversary, I have your card here. In it, you signed it, ‘Your Beloved Husband.’ I have loved you for many, many years. I loved you so much when we got married but since the years have passed I loved you more and more.
As she endures the wait to see him again, Joan shares memories of their wedding – their $ 7 wedding day.
Joan says her wedding was memorable and inexpensive.
“The $ 7 wedding, at least that’s what I called it,” Joan said. “I bought blue satin for my wedding dress, $ 4, and paid a lady $ 3 to make it. One of the ladies who worked with me, her husband was a baker and made our wedding cake for, you guessed it, $ 7, and my wedding ring was $ 7.
With FaceTime calls coordinated by the Oak Manor activities team, Joan and Don are tapping into regular, and their love has even been posted publicly on Facebook after posting a photo de Don holding a sign saying, “Joan and my daughter, you love me and I miss you all.” God is good everyday.
Joan, knowing her iPhone well, commented on the post: “I love you too Don. Since we are both in confinement, I hope to see you again on Tuesdays and Thursdays as soon as possible. Your wife of almost 70 years.
Social distancing won’t allow them to be together, but Oak Manor staff cropped a photo of Don and Joan at their request and posted it on their Facebook page.