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June 8, 2014

Life built on love

Fosters had little money, but they had everything in each other

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Beverly finished her sophomore year of high school and never went back. She said she didn’t like school too much anyway.

Newlywed life was an adjustment for her, though. They lived in a trailer for the first couple years, and since Beverly didn’t have her driver’s license, she was stuck at home all the time while Jack worked.

“He was gone all the time,” she said. “He would be working. I couldn’t drive. I didn’t have a telephone. I didn’t have a television. I didn’t like being by myself. I wasn’t used to that and I was lonely.”

They had some financial worries at first, too. When they got married, Jack had $65 in his pocket and that was it.

“We didn’t have anything, but we really had everything because we had each other,” Jack said. “You can’t build a relationship on money. You have to build it on love. It’s about knowing the other person’s feelings and understanding them. If you can’t master that, then don’t get married.”

Life got a lot better for Beverly once she got her license, and once they started having kids. She wasn’t lonely anymore. Their financial worries evaporated too with Jack’s job at Public Service Indiana, a power company, where he worked for 42 years.

“There are always some bumps in the road, but we would always talk it out,” Jack said.

Fifty-six years ago, they moved into their current house, where all five of their children were raised, and life and love has only gotten sweeter for the Fosters.

“I thought she was it,” Jack said. “That’s never left me. Whenever I see her, something clicks. That’s never worn out. It’s stronger now than it was when I was younger. Our love has intensified as we’ve gotten older. By getting older, you know you need somebody. It’s like a feeling of security.”

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