TAMPA – It was like a scene straight out of the movie the notebook. A 92-year-old husband threw his 89-year-old wife a surprise 70th wedding anniversary party at the assisted living facility where she lives with Alzheimer’s.
Elsie and Joe Archer’s love for one another is as strong today as it was in 1950.
After six children, 26 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, they are celebrating 70 years of marriage this month.
“We’re lucky we did it. With all the years of trials and difficulties, we still lived through it,” said Joe.
According to their twin daughters, it was love at first sight.
“They met roller skating in northern Pennsylvania and Dad fell in love with Mom because of her smile,” said Linda Miller.
To commemorate this special occasion, Joe threw his bride a party at Discovery Village in Westchase, where she has lived for several years.
Three of the couple’s children were able to participate.
“Mom is very happy to have us all here. Dad is overjoyed. He woke up early this morning and was ready to go and was just excited to celebrate his anniversary with mom, ”Miller said.
Joe still lives alone but visits his wife every day.
“His devotion to her every day, seven days a week, every day of the year, he comes in and spends five or six hours with her,” said daughter Cinda Snow.
One of her favorite hobbies is singing together, especially the song “You are my Sunshine”.
“Because mom remembers words to songs and shares many memories through songs.” Miller said.
Her daughters say their parents’ marriage isn’t a fairy tale, but it’s pretty close.
“We knew when they might have been arguing because mom was turning dad into a coconut cream cake. That was our signal that something wasn’t perfect,” Miller said.
These two can certainly live happily on this anniversary.