It was laughs and smiles all around as Stewart and Helen Rex celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary last week.
The couple, who were married March 11, 1944, were honored with a vow renewal ceremony at Lucy Corr Health Care Center.
The event was a surprise for Stewart, whose humorous comments throughout brought levity to the situation.
Stewart, 98, has lived at the Lucy Corr Nursing Home for five years, according to his daughter Darlene Rex-Roberson. Her mother, Helen, 99, still lives with her in Powhatan.
The couple, which has two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, met at a dance at a church in Richmond before World War II, Rex-Roberson said. Stewart worked as foreman of the press room at the Richmond Times-Dispatch for many years while Helen was a homemaker.
Rex-Roberson noted that her father is called “The Mayor” at the nursing home because “he thinks he runs the place. He’s always trying to help somebody do something.”
The ceremony was officiated by chaplain Belinda Cosby, while Elizabeth Johnson, 14, of Varina, played harp.