Saratoga Tower residents hold key to love PDF Print E-mail

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It's the day before Valentine's Day and many of us will spend today preparing to woo our significant others tomorrow, but two couples of Saratoga Tower say the key is showing your love every day.

Dennis and Diana McComas just celebrated their 22nd anniversary last Saturday, but the couple remembers their wedding day like it was yesterday.

"It was Feb. 7, 1987, and it was 70 degrees on that day," Dennis said.

The couple has lived in Saratoga Tower, an independent senior living facility in Morris, for about seven years. As they sat next to each other in the tower's meeting room they glanced at one another remembering the day they met, the day they fell in love and the day they became man and wife.

"We met in 1986. I was going out with a girlfriend of hers at the time," Dennis said.

Both of them were born and raised in Morris. On the day they met Dennis was bowling on a league through his church and Diana came to watch.

"And we've been together ever since," Diana said.

It took only six months before the couple became engaged and started living together. The day they took their vows, about 400 people came to watch.

"Once you get married the first year is rough, which we know," Dennis said as he stared at his wife. "But from there it goes smooth."

The most important thing is to be patient with one another, Diana said.

"Take it one day at a time," she said.

And although Dennis swears he and Diana never fight, he advises that when you do you should talk.

"What's the use in arguing, but if you do, sit down and talk about it," he said.

Another couple at Saratoga Tower are almost considered newlyweds even though they are in their 70s and 80s.

Frank and Eunice Gordan met while living in the tower after both of their spouses died.

"It's six years on the ninth of May," Frank said.

The couple met in the lobby area of the tower while Frank was joking around with some of the residents.

"He said he was looking for a woman, you know joking, and I leaned over and said how about me?" Eunice said.

Shortly after the two began spending time together walking their dogs, fishing and gardening.

"We'd sit along the river daydreaming and fishing," Eunice said.

About six months later, they went to the Grundy County Courthouse and got married. Grundy County Housing Authority employees Brent Newman and Wanda Wren took them to lunch to celebrate and when they returned had cake with all the tower's residents.

"Everybody in the building got a piece of cake," Wanda said.

Six years later, their wedding pictures are hung on the wall and the couple still feel like newly weds.

"Marriage is whatever you make of it," Frank said. "It can be miserable or happy."

Eunice's husband of 12 years had passed away two years before she met Frank and his wife of about 55 years died three years before.

The couple now spends their days doing crafts in the winter and working on their 80 foot by 350 foot garden in the summer.

"I'm glad we met. We have fun!" Eunice said.