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High school sweethearts reunite after more than 60 years, tie the knot

Posted at 2:28 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 14:28:54-04

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Two high school sweethearts who hadn't gone on a date together since the 1950s have tied the knot.

Joyce Kevorkian and James Bowman graduated from an Illinois high school in 1953 then attended different colleges. They both went on to get married, have children and live totally separate lives.

"He had his life and I had my life," Kevorkian told BuzzFeed News.

They didn't keep in touch much other than high school reunions and a phone call once in a blue moon.

"He probably called me four times over the last 60 years," Kevorkian said.

Both Kevorkian and Bowman were deeply in love before their spouses died, and were devastated by the losses. Neither of them thought they would ever get married again.

When Kevorkian received a letter from Bowman last fall, she responded and said the two should meet to catch up. Bowman drove several hours from Springfield, Ill., to South Bend to see Kevorkian, and the two went on their first date in more than 60 years.

"It was just like being 17 again," Kevorkian told Buzzfeed. "We laughed at the same jokes.”

Kevorkian's granddaughter, Anna Harris, said Kevorkian was calling him nearly every night and was "all giggly about it."

Harris was there when Kevorkian got the big news.

“She hung up the phone and said, ‘Well that was a weird phone call. He asked me to marry him!'" Harris recalled.

She said Kevorkian went shopping for a dress every day for a month before she found one she liked. The couple picked out their wedding rings together.

On April 1, they held a small ceremony with family and friends and tied the knot 64 years after their high school prom. Harris, her only granddaughter, was her maid of honor. Kevorkian has two daughters.

"It was very exciting," Harris said. "It was a small ceremony. The room held maybe 20 people."

Kevorkian said the wedding made her feel revived and young again. The newlyweds are now living in South Bend.

Harris tweeted photos of the event and melted hearts all over social media. She says she's happy to see everyone reacting to the story and sharing the love.