logo
Youtube.com/CBSNews
Youtube.com/CBSNews

Couple Married for 70 Years Reunite after Months Apart, Can't Hold Their Tears While Kissing

Oyin Balogun
Aug 25, 2022
05:55 P.M.

An elderly couple's sweet reunion after months apart moved many to tears as they repeatedly reaffirmed their enduring love for each other in a feat of emotion.

Advertisement

A heartwarming video that has since gone viral shows the moment an elderly couple in New York City reunited after several months apart.

The twosome, Jean Willard, who was 89 at the time, and her husband Walter Willard, then 91, experienced their heartfelt reunion in May 2020, breaking into an emotional kissing spree. Their story has inspired many to believe in true love.

Jean and Walter Willard kissing after reuniting with each other. | Source: Youtube.com/CBS News

Jean and Walter Willard kissing after reuniting with each other. | Source: Youtube.com/CBS News

TORN APART BY THE PANDEMIC

Jean and Walter, who had been married for 70 years, were inseparable throughout their union. However, when the coronavirus hit the world in 2020, they were forced apart due to health reasons.

According to their daughters, Wanda Glenn and Wendy Gillard, Jean and Walter always enjoyed good health despite being 89 and 91 at the time.

Advertisement

This changed in 2019 when the former fell and broke her pelvis. Unfortunately, this episode was followed by signs of dementia, prompting their kids to resort to moving her into the Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center in Troy, New York City.

Jean and Walter Willard getting emotional after reuniting. | Source: Youtube.com/CBS News

Jean and Walter Willard getting emotional after reuniting. | Source: Youtube.com/CBS News

They opted for the care home because it was only a stone's throw from their home, allowing Walter to visit his wife conveniently. Sadly, their luck changed in 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic struck.

Due to the lockdown restrictions, Walter could no longer keep up with the visits. Following the heartbreaking realization he could no longer visit his wife, the older man also suffered a major health scare.

His daughters revealed he suffered a brain bleed following a fall, leading him to undergo surgery and rehab. Seeing how their dad struggled without his wife, they decided to move him into the same facility as their mom.

Advertisement
Jean and Walter Willard getting emotional after reuniting with each other. | Source: Youtube.com/CBS News

Jean and Walter Willard getting emotional after reuniting with each other. | Source: Youtube.com/CBS News

THE LONG-AWAITED REUNION

Notably, the safety restrictions in the care home forbade Walter from moving into the home at the peak of the pandemic. However, the couple's daughter, Wendy, convinced the director to change his mind.

The day of the reunion finally arrived, and the elderly couple finally saw their wish come true. A video of the heartwarming moment, captured by staff members, showed the duo whispering "I love you" to each other, breaking off their endearing chants only to lean in for another kiss and reminisce on their 70 years together.

Advertisement

COMMENTS FROM NETIZENS

Since sharing the video, several netizens have reacted to the heartfelt reunion between the duo, who were still in love despite their many years together. Reacting to the now-viral video, commenters said:

"Awee such an inspiring love story that they were united."

– (@Juscallme Philly) May 26, 2020

"Aw, this is so sweet! I'm so happy for this couple. They love each other so much. 70 years, WOW. I don't know anybody who stayed or lived that long together. Thank you for sharing this video. It brought tears to my eyes. CONGRATULATIONS.

– (@Julie Riter) May 26, 2020

Mary Davis and Gordon reuniting after being away from each other. | Source: Youtube.com/Inside Edition

Mary Davis and Gordon reuniting after being away from each other. | Source: Youtube.com/Inside Edition

Last year, another couple made headlines with their reunion after eight months apart. The duo, Mary Davis and her husband Gordon, recorded the heartfelt moment in April 2021 at the Bailey House care Home in Mansfield, Nottingham.

Advertisement

BRAVING THE DIFFICULT TIMES

Mary Davis and Gordon spent their lives together for over 68 years, enjoying their love and weathering many storms as a married couple. However, their years of bliss were cut short when Gordon, then 89, had to move into a care home in 2020.

Soon after the move, the coronavirus pandemic hit the world. The lockdown and COVID-19 restrictions made it impossible for Mary to visit her husband, forcing them to stay apart.

In February 2021, the older woman also moved into a care home, the Baily House Care Home, in Mansfield, which was far from her husband. She lived there for two months before receiving the best gift she could wish for in the guise of her longtime husband.

Mary Davis and Gordon kissing after reuniting. | Source: Youtube.com/Inside Edition

Mary Davis and Gordon kissing after reuniting. | Source: Youtube.com/Inside Edition

Advertisement

THE EMOTIONAL REUNION

After eight months apart, Mary and Gordon finally got the miracle they craved for so long. In April 2021, Gordon was transferred to the Bailey House Care Home, where his wife resided.

Their excitement knew no bounds upon seeing each other as they embraced and exchanged warm kisses amid tears while seated in their respective wheelchairs.

Mary Davis and Gordon hugging each other. | Source: Youtube.com/Inside Edition

Mary Davis and Gordon hugging each other. | Source: Youtube.com/Inside Edition

In the video captured by the care home staff, the pair could be seen looking ecstatic as they walked into each other's arms, assisted by their caregivers. Recounting the moment, the then-89-year-old woman divulged:

"It was wonderful! It's so nice to see him again. When he had to move into care, I cried buckets. But now we are able to be together."

Advertisement

While the surprise of being reunited with her husband was overwhelming, Mary was even happier knowing he was finally by her side and "wouldn't have to look" for her again. The Bailey House care home staff shared the heartwarming video on Facebook, documenting Mary Davis' grand surprise.

NETIZENS REACT TO THE POST

Several netizens have shared their thoughts on the beautiful couple, tagging them a reflection of a love that endures. One wrote:

"This should have never happened. What about the ones who died from loneliness? How are they going to get their spouses back? To rip one's love away from each other is heartbreaking. I'm glad they get their lives back."

Others commented on the elderly couple for still nursing their love for each other after so many years together. For many, this was proof that true love really existed.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
info

We at news.AmoMama.com do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDС, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated.Take care!

Related posts

Man Who Dreamed Of Having a Family Is ‘Not Happy about the Baby’ Yet Wife Is 6 Months Pregnant

September 29, 2023

Meg Ryan's Looks Have Changed since She Disappeared after Divorce – Now She's a Single Mom of 2

November 08, 2023

This Woman Sacrificed an Organ for Her Famous Husband — He Cheated on Her & They Divorced after 17 Years Together

November 01, 2023

31 Times People Took Brutal Revenge on Their Cheating Partners

October 04, 2023

Daughter Stolen at Birth Reunites with Dad 34 Years Later, Learns He’s in Huge Trouble – Story of the Day

September 29, 2023

Son Runs Away from Home at 16, Returns at 29 to Find Only a Note in Deserted House – Story of the Day

October 18, 2023

Elderly California Couple Is Kicked Out of Home & Finds Out Son Is Responsible: ‘Why Did Our Boy Do That to Us?'

September 10, 2023

Woman Sets up Hidden Camera in Mom’s Care Home Room & Is Horrified by How Staff Treated Her in Her Last Days of Life

August 18, 2023

43 Notable Parent Fails That Were Less Than Perfect

September 27, 2023

Mom Can't Wait to Meet Her Son's Girlfriend, Stunned When He Brings a Woman the Same Age as Her – Story of the Day

October 31, 2023

Bride’s Mom Spots Groom Entering Bathroom with Bridesmaid in the Middle of Wedding – Story of the Day

August 31, 2023

‘Dad?’ Boy Finds His Soldier Dad Sleeping on Street, ‘Who Are You?’ Man Responds – Story of the Day

September 24, 2023

Hilary Swank Sparked Strong Reactions after Giving Birth at 48 – Inside New Mom's Mountain Home

October 11, 2023

This Woman Is Married 18 Years to Actor She Initially Rejected & Who Brought Packets of Oatmeal to Their ‘1st Date’

November 07, 2023