Renewing vows on V-day

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:17 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A guitarist played “What a Wonderful World” as nine couples made their way to a semicircle of chairs. Married from 1½ to 78½ years, they said “I do” once again, this time on Valentine’s Day.

Boone Landing Retirement Center hosted the couples’ vow renewal for their residents on Tuesday. Boone Landing has 20 couples among their residents.

This is the first year for the renewals, but Kelly Zynda, activities director, said it could be held every five years, to keep it special.

Before the ceremony, Ruth Lutz had a barbershop quartet sing for her parents, Joe and Lucy Stites, who have been married for 62 years.

“My dad loves to sing, and he loves barbershop,” Lutz said. She wanted to get them something special, because “they have always been very, very much in love.”

Joe and Lucy Stites met in college in Lexington, Ky., when he tutored her in chemistry.

Another couple had to cross state lines in order to marry before the groom went off to war.

Zynda originally planned to have couples share stories during the reception, but the residents ended up socializing at their tables, enjoying cake and reminiscing over one another’s wedding photos.

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