May 22 was a big day for Phoenixville native John Shults Jr. and Joy Morrow-Nulton, writes Tammy La Gorce for The New York Times.
Surrounded by friends and family, the sweethearts celebrated their 95th birthdays … and wedding.
The two were introduced by John Morrow (Morrow-Nulton’s son) two years prior. That first meeting, however, did not go swimmingly — Morrow-Nulton recalled being bored because the two men kept talking about work.
Still, when Shults invited her out to lunch, just the two of them, she accepted. They soon realized some startling similarities. They both:
- were born in May 1926
- were widowed twice after more than 60 years of marriage
- lived alone in New York for a time
- were active in their churches
- enjoyed the same music
The couple continued dating throughout the year. When the pandemic hit, they began spending more time at Shults’s home. By February 2021, they were vaccinated and engaged.
“I hope I make it to 100, so we can have five years together,” said Morrow-Nulton. “He’s a delight to be with.”
Read more about the happy couple in The New York Times.