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Betty andDick Hanson

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We’re looking for young married couples to tell us how they fell in love. How did you meet? What were your first impressions? How was your first date? What attracted you to each other?

Betty and Dick, both 91, each served during World War II: Betty as a Navy lieutenant and Dick with the Army Air Corps. But it wasn’t till after the war that the two met in Boston. After a year, the couple married at Dick’s parents home on Aug. 1, 1948. They’ve lived all over the world but have called Terrell home the past 30 years. Betty tells their story.

Close inspection: My roommate and I cleaned our apartment prior to our blind dates coming to pick us up. When Dick arrived, he ran his finger along the top of the door casing, looking for dust. Apparently we passed inspection, and Dick and I were among many who wouldn’t have met their future spouse if we’d not been in service.

Upstaged: Dick had beautiful eyes and he was kind. He was fun and a very likable, good person. We decided to get married at his parents’ home, which had a big staircase. On our wedding day, I was getting ready to come down in all my glory, when the family dog – wearing a big pink bow – went down first and stole the show.

Worldly travels: Over the past 65 years we’ve raised two children and lived in Iran, Scotland, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina. But Dick has always liked the water and in the late 70s, we were looking for a place to call home when we finished overseas work.

Finding home: We bought our property on Lake Norman – at the time everyone thought it was too far from Charlotte to be worthwhile – and it was waiting when we came back seven years later. Hilary Trenda


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