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NY couple, 85, to Remarry 48 Years after Divorce

Roland Davis and Lena Henderson, both 85, kiss as they pose for a photo in West Seneca, N.Y., Tuesday, July 31, 2012. They got married while still in their teens, divorced 20 years later and are getting remarried on Saturday, August 4, after nearly a half-century apart. (AP Photo/David Duprey)By EEW Magazine News Staff/Associated Press

An elderly New York couple is proving to divorcees that it is never too late for reconciliation. The children of Lena Henderson and Roland Daivs, both 85 years old, are rejoicing that their parents are getting remarried after spending nearly a half-century apart.

This Saturday, The Associated Press reports that four generations will at the wedding to see the couple that split in 1964, say “I Do” for the second time.

"It's every child's dream, every child who has ever been in a family where divorce has occurred, that your parents would come back together," their youngest daughter who is a grandmother, Renita Chadwick, said Tuesday as wedding preparations were in full swing.

"We are all so ridiculously excited. We're like little children again," Chadwick gushed.

Henderson and Davis met as teenagers in Chattanooga, Tenn., and were married by a justice of the peace. There was no reception or honeymoon.

"Oh no," Henderson recalled with a laugh. "He went to work and I went home." Davis was a hotel bellhop at the time, about to begin a career in the military.

This time around, a church wedding is planned, at Elim Christian Fellowship Church in Buffalo, followed by a reception at an Amherst restaurant. But there will be no honeymoon.

Davis proposed to Henderson over the phone around Easter and she accepted, even though they hadn't seen each other since a family funeral in 1996. They kept acquainted with each other’s lives, however, through their children.

Their oldest daughter, Johnnie Mae Funderbirk, said, "I'm as excited as some 9-year-old whose parents are getting back together and I'm 65 years old."

May the two enjoy wedded bliss for the rest of their lives.

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I like happy endings and with this story new beginnings.May they be blessed and their families be blessed.

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK.Scott

what he do? (just kidding) that's a long time to be mad LOL. Glad they got back together!

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReady for the Fight

Aw, how sweet! This is such a beautiful story! LOL@Ready for the Fight!

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTangie

@Tangie LOL!

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReady for the Fight

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