True love waits. In Noel and Gwendean Scott’s case, it waited 62 years.
The couple, who now live in Kearney, had been high school sweethearts during the Great Depression in the rural northern Missouri community of Newtown. But when Noel graduated from high school in 1937, went to business school in Kansas City and then joined the Navy, the two lost contact. She still had two years of high school to finish.
“I’d never known anyone who died of a broken heart, but I truly thought I was going to,” Gwendean, now 93, said.
In a day and age without cell phones and the Internet to keep their relationship going, they each moved on, marrying and having children.
Then one day in 1997, when Gwendean had been a widow for several years, she got a call. On the other end was a voice she hadn’t heard in more than six decades: Noel Scott, then 80 and a widower.
“It was like a light came on and all the years rolled away,” Gwendean said. “After he came to see me the first time, I didn’t want him to go out of my life again. We just picked up where we left off.”
The Kearney couple will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary Thursday, Aug. 15.
“We truly have remained sweethearts,” she said.
Between them, they have three children, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Kearney Editor Stacey Hamby can be reached at 628-6010 or email@example.com.