When FOF Vera traveled to her Arkansas hometown from Texas six years ago, to attend a funeral, she was a single woman who had just gone through a horrible divorce. Within weeks, she was engaged and married. This was no shotgun marriage, though. Vera ran into the brother of her high school boyfriend at the funeral, who mentioned that her former flame was available and asked, “Are you?” The rest, as they say, is history.
Vera and Chester got together and have only been apart a few days since they rekindled their romance. She has one child and four grandchildren. He has three and three. “We both had several previous marriages, but just couldn’t seem to get it right,” Vera said. The couple grew up in Hackett, AK, where Vera’s dad owned the first laundromat (with wringer washers and sans dryers) and ran a cafe. Her father also trained Quarter horses and the family literally lived in the stall next to the horses.
Vera and Chester now live in Arkansas, in an old farmhouse in the country, outside the town where they went to school. They run a business creating newsletters for apartment condominiums and took a stab at making doll beds. “When I told my son that Chester and I were getting married, he reminded me that after my 15th high school reunion I said I should have married Chester,” Vera recalled. “I had forgotten that and hadn’t seen or heard from Chester in over twenty years.”