Couple marries after 41 years of dating

FILE. (From: Associated Press)

Katy, Texas – If the old saying, love and time are the only things that can’t be bought, is true; after dating for 41 years, Bill and Linda Bownds have plenty of both.

After more than four decades, the Woodlands couple celebrated tying the knot with family in Katy.

“I love her and I want to make her happy and I think she respects me,” said Bill Bownds.

His bride, Linda, quickly interjected, “But I love him too.”

Surrounded by the family that brought them together, stories from when they met in 1975 and how it lasted this long are shared.

“Just try to make the other person happy,” said Bill. “Just put the other person first and make it a goal making that other person happy.”

Bill and Linda have always been “together” although they have never lived under the same room. The only secret they kept hidden from their families was their wedding.

“Everybody was in shock,” said Bill.

“It just seemed like the time was right even though it took us a while,” said Linda.

Bill’s 96-year-old mother, Kay, has been waiting for this Christmas for a long time.

“I knew they were meant for each other,” said Kay. “They got along so beautifully and apparently we got them together.”

Congratulations and a warm welcome into the family are scribed into the Bownds’ newest chapter of a four-decade old book.

“We have what’s called impartial love,” said Bill. “We care about each other first I think and that makes a big difference.”

Perhaps the couple will honey moon, in another decade or so.

 

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