Dottie, 68, and Donn, 70, grew up 5miles apart in Indiana, but didn’t meet till they were both attending Indiana University. They married June 6, 1965, and live in Charlotte. Dottie tells their story.
Catch a ride: It was the week after JFK was shot and school was breaking for Thanksgiving. I needed a ride home and asked a friend how she was getting back. She was riding with Donn and said I should call and ask if I could come too. The night before we drove home, I had a dream Donn and I got married. (I only told him that a few years ago.)
Game time: The school’s basketball and football games were cancelled the week before for the Kennedy funeral and were being played over Thanksgiving weekend. Donn wanted to go back to watch and asked if I didn’t mind going early. My parents wanted me to stay and the dorms weren’t open, but I said yes and we made the three hour drive back, just the two of us. My dorm let me in and Donn and I spent the weekend going to the games together.
The quiet type: Donn was kind and courteous and when we met something just clicked. I thought he was a very handsome fellow. We always enjoyed our time together, even if it was just studying, which we did a lot of. When Donn graduated a year and a half later, we married and two days after we moved to Connecticut for his first job.
Make it last: 10 years later I had graduated from the University of Connecticut, we had two daughters and we moved to Charlotte. We’re very different, Donn is easy-going and I’m not. But we never had any doubt that we would make it, we’ve always had that commitment. We still watch Indiana basketball, Go Hoosiers. Hilary Trenda
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