Couple Finds Love in Nursing Home

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SEDALIA - Four Seasons Living Center has been around for almost 20 years, it has never had a wedding, until now. Viola Lee-Wells and Loren Wells say it was love at first sight when they met in the dining room of their nursing home. 

Loren said after he lost his wife 20 years ago he had no interest in women. But then one day, in a dining room of all places, Loren saw Viola. All of a sudden he said he felt like God told him now was the time to open his heart.

"By golly, he fed me with a jolt of lightning! And I turned and said, 'Wow, you're the best looking gal I'd ever seen!'"

Teresa Mays, marketing director at Four Seasons, said they've been inseparable ever since. "It's just a connection within thier eyes, you can look at them and see, it's one in a million."

Mays says they go everywhere together, and are always holding hands.

Richard Shillcutt, an administrator at Four Seasons, said the couple's wedding had an overwhelming response from the community. "They've donated rings, they've donated clothes, the cake," said Shillcutt.

Someone even paid for a room at the local Best Western, as a present for the couple's honey moon night.

While it was love at first sight for the couple, ironically, sight is the one thing missing. "I've been going blind now for the past couple of years, and it's getting worse all the time," said Viola.

But Viola said she's not afraid of going blind, and she's not afraid she'll forget what her husband looks like. "I've got him in my mind, real good. And I think I can remember what he looks like. If not I'll just put my hand on his cheek and he'll be there," said Viola.

Juliet Barman, who works at Four Seasons, said this is a unique story, "It's not something that happens everyday at a nursing facility," said Barman.

"A lot of people don't think that when you go to a nursing facility that there's further existance, and I think they have just showed us that there is life beyond the nursing facility," said Barman.