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70 years after he pops the question, she says “yes”

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"I cannot conceive of an adult man and woman any closer than we have been," said 93 year old Wally Chappell, gazing upon his wife, 89 year old Lawrean Chappell.

They look like they've been together forever. But looks can be deceiving.

It's true that Wally and Lawrean first laid eyes on each other about 72 years ago, while both were undergraduates at Rice University in the early 1940's.

It's also a fact that they "hit it off" immediately.

"We were even holding hands," recalled Lawrean with a chuckle. "One of my [classmates] said, you're too fast; you shouldn't be holding hands with him."

And she admits, it didn't take Wally long to propose.

"He asked me to marry him," she remembered. "But I felt like I was too young. My dad would have had a fit, I guess, if I hadn't finished college."

"What it amounted to me was a kiss-off," said Wally, picking up the story. "And she got busy and I got busy and we drifted apart."

Drifted apart – for 70 years.

The two graduated from Rice and wed other people. They became nothing more than a footnote to each other, raising children and grandchildren, and leading full lives.

But after both spouses passed away, Wally and Lawrean eventually rekindled the romance that had been lying dormant since World War II.

And seven decades after Wally first popped the question, Lawrean said yes.

"We're in love again," she observed, "and we were in love then."

They were married in August at the First Christian Church in Houston, becoming the oldest Rice alumni in the university's 101-year history to get hitched.


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