Every wedding anniversary is special but some of them mean more than the others. Nancy Shellard from Stanford Springs was in for a big surprise when she looked out of the second-story window of her nursing home.
A love affair that has been going on for nearly seven decades
March 14th is a very special day for Nancy and her husband, Bob Shellard. It was the 67th anniversary of their wedding. Nancy was blowing kisses to her husband who stood outside of her window and held out a sign he made that read: “I’ve loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary.”
The couple was prevented from uniting at Nancy’s nursing home due to coronavirus concerns, however, Bob came up with a solution that would enable them to celebrate their anniversary despite the virus outbreak. The couple’s love proved to be stronger than the coronavirus which is wreaking havoc across the world.
It was the first anniversary Nancy and Bob spent apart from each other
Nancy and Bob celebrated their previous anniversaries together but this year, the virus prevented Bon from visiting his wife at her nursing home.
“This is the first anniversary that Bob and Nancy have ever been apart,” their daughter told the media. “Before the ban, Bob came to visit her every day. They have always been an inspiration to us and I think just seeing every year go by that they still express it in some way on their anniversary,” Laura said.
Bob said he feels bad because he can’t be together with Nancy who suffers from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Nevertheless, he would not let the circumstances deter him from showing her his love.
A love that transcends all
“It makes me feel bad because I want her down with me and I know she can’t be,” Bob said.
His gesture meant to show Nancy how special she was to him and that their love is stronger than the coronavirus and her medical condition. According to the staff, Nancy said she felt like a queen.
Their daughter, Laura, said that their parents’ love has been an example to her and her siblings since childhood.
“There’s just a sweetness to the two of them and what they share,” she said. “It’s just been an example for us, for all of us of kids. So all four of us have really learned a lot from them and I can only hope that I have half as much as what they have shared over the years,” Laura added.
The coronavirus outbreak is a perfect opportunity to show our love and support for those we love
The coronavirus scare did not prevent Bob from celebrating his and his wife’s 67th wedding anniversary. Their love has endured through all past difficulties and continues to inspire future generations.
“I wouldn’t want anybody else,” Bob shared about his wife. “I don’t think she could put up with anybody else besides me.”
We wish Bob and Nancy to celebrate many more anniversaries together and show the world that love helps us overcome all obstacles.
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ELDERLY COUPLE SEPARATED BY CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS CELEBRATE 67 YEARS- Bob Shellard isn't allowed to visit his wife in her nursing home. That didn't stop him from celebrating 67 years of marriage with her.***Take care of the elderly in your communities when you can! They are most at risk for COVID-19** WPTV Stephanie Susskind WPTV Erica Rakow
Posted by Mike Trim WPTV on Monday, March 16, 2020
Source: The Western Journal