Betty Jane Allshouse knows exactly what people mean when they say, “It’s never too late.”
In November 2012, the 88-year-old retirement home resident got married for the first time to a fellow resident she had met just six months earlier.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Saturday that Allshouse dated when she was younger, but never married. She said she gave up thinking about marriage until she moved into a Pennsylvania retirement home in 2011 and Walter Lowman, a 78-year-old widower, sat next to her at dinner one night.
Allshouse said it was love at first sight, and from then on, they talked every night at dinner. After six months, Lowman popped the question.
“I told him I’d have to think about it,” Allshouse told Yahoo! Shine Monday. But the next day, she agreed, reasoning, “Why not? I’ll have a new friend.”
In November 2012, the two married at their retirement home in front of family and friends. They still live in separate rooms, but Allshouse said they go back and forth between them often. She said she enjoys having a family after being alone for so long, and Lowman’s son and daughter are both supportive of their father’s new marriage.
“I could tell she was just a great person and loved my dad, and he loved her,” said Mellissa Lowman Callaway, Lowman’s daughter. “They‘re great for each other.”
Despite what some romantic comedies would have you believe, marriage isn’t restricted to 20-somethings. One couple married 50 years after breaking off their engagement, and another pair married 40 years after meeting at the beach as children.