She was graduating high school and had put in an application for nursing school.
“I didn’t think he was serious and I needed to move on a little bit,” she said.
When Bill popped the question and gave her a ring, she didn’t see it coming.
“I was completely taken by surprise,” Nancy said. “I thought ‘Oh my, now what do I do?’”
She said yes and wore the ring around her neck on a necklace. She waited a little while before she told her parents. She knew they wouldn’t approve.
When she sprung the engagement news on them, they tried to talk her out of it.
“They brought up all the negatives,” she said. “The age difference and they wanted me to go on to school. I told them I respected what they said, but I love him and I have to follow my heart.”
Since they couldn’t get through to Nancy, they wanted to talk to Bill.
“I was an enemy,” Bill laughed. “They couldn’t talk her out of it, so they tried to talk me out of it. I was afraid to go in there at first, but it was gonna happen so I had to face it.”
While he was talking to them, he started wondering if perhaps her parents succeeded in talking Nancy out of marrying him. He wasn’t sure.
“I was kind of upset at them giving me all the negatives,” Bill said. “So I said, ‘If you want to get married, I’ll be out in the car.’”
Nancy came out to the car and the couple talked before she went back in the house to talk to her parents.
“Even though my dad got angry he knew me and knew I didn’t do things on a whim,” Nancy said. “From that time on, they accepted it.”