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October 13, 2013

The Sanders celebrate 60 years

The sweet start and long-lasting love of a Kokomo couple

Even though Tom Sanders and Patty Fisher graduated together from Kokomo High School, they didn’t know each other.

It wasn’t until they both were working at Kingston Products in 1952 when that started to change.

Tom worked in the factory and Patty worked in the office. One of Patty’s jobs was to go around each morning and check the time cards of the Kingston employees.

“I’d see her walking through and say ‘She’s a nice lookin’ girl,’” Tom said. “I had no idea who she was. I didn’t know her name.”

Tom didn’t make as much of an impression on Patty. She didn’t really notice him at first. Although since she worked in Kingston’s payroll and wrote checks, she saw how much he was saving in the credit union.

“That’s what got her was all the money,” Tom joked.

“No it wasn’t,” Patty laughed.

Tom says it was love at first sight for him.

“I knew it when I first saw her,” he said. “I had dated other girls, but she just stuck a point somewhere that nobody else had made me feel before. She was for me, but I didn’t know if I was for her.”

The only way he could find out if she felt the same was if he asked her out.

Tom got off work an hour earlier than Patty and went home to get cleaned up before picking her up from work at 5 p.m. He borrowed his brother’s car and took her to her home.

Since Patty was shy, her sister invited Tom back over to their house. He came back later that night, after he had supper with his family.

Patty was glad her sister asked Tom back over, because it gave the young couple an opportunity to get to know each other and make future date plans.

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