According to PEOPLE, 86-year-old Millie’s first husband of 41 years died in 1992. Years later, she reconnected with Harold, 85, who was in attendance at her 1952 wedding.
“I used to sing in the choir and Harold attended my church,” Millie tells PEOPLE. “I would be standing with the other choir members, waiting to walk out and he would come over and kiss me on the cheek before sitting down for the service. Then when I got married [to my first husband], the whole church was invited and Harold was there.”
Millie didn’t see Harold again for many years until he joined her new church, New Beginning Faith Fellowship Ministries in Orange, New Jersey.
When Harold became sick, Millie and other church members would visit him at home. She even drove him back and forth to church. Harold recovered and they went on seeing each other. Then, eight years later, he got ill again. It was so bad, Harold could no longer live alone.
“I asked him if he wanted to live with me instead of a nursing home,” Millie says. “And he said, ‘Definitely.’ ”
Though the kind gesture was extended out of pure love and concern, Millie tells PEOPLE, her faith convictions made her uncomfortable with the live-in arrangement.
“I’m a Christian woman and I want to live a Christian life ,” she says. “We decided that even though we were in our twilight years, we wanted to be pleasing in God’s eyes.” That meant being married before living together.
Well, the two took the plunge and are as happy as can be.
Congrats to the happy couple!l he joined her new church, New Beginning Faith Fellowship Ministries in Orange, New Jersey.