Reunions
Teen sweethearts lose touch but end up tying the knot 57 years later
Although it took decades for Barbara and Curtis to find each other again, their love had never faded.
Irene Markianou
07.26.22

When teens Barbara Cotton and Curtis Brewer were dating back in the early 1960s, they hoped that they would spend their life together, enjoying every moment with each other.

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Barbara and Curtis even went to prom together and they really looked so cute in their beautiful clothes and with a smile on their faces.

Unfortunately, much as they would have preferred to stay close to each other and possibly marry in the years that followed, life had other plans for them.

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You see, in 1962, Barbara’s mother was involved in a car accident and passed away, so she had to move away from Connecticut to Milwaukee and take care of her five brothers.

Later on, Curtis headed off to college and then settled in Florida, which made it impossible for the two of them to keep in touch.

“There wasn’t Google in those days so you couldn’t look up Curtis Brewer so I didn’t know where he was,” Barbara told CBS58.

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But if something is meant to happen, no matter how long it might take, it will surely happen. And this is exactly the case in this love story.

The two high-school sweethearts were just meant to be together and, while life led them to separate paths in their early years, they found each other again in elderly life.

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In the early 2000s, the two reconnected online and kept in touch, but since they lived so far away from each other it was hard for them to move on together.

When the time came for Barbara and Curtis to meet after so many years, they were both anxious.

“I was scared,” Barbara said. “You know, is he the same, has he changed. He wasn’t as tall as I remembered him,” she said laughing. “My heart was pounding,” Curtis responded. “Still is.”

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When they saw each other again, they knew that they simply had to be together.

“I couldn’t wait anymore, I called her up, and I said Barb will you… And all I got was a ‘will you’ and she said yes,” Curtis told CBS58.

Curtis didn’t even have the chance to finish the question, but Barbara knew he wanted to tie the knot with her and she was ready to go through this with him.

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They were both excited to get married and they did in January 2019 in Milwaukee.

Barbara admitted that no one had ever fallen so passionately in love with her as Curtis did, and she had never felt that way for anyone else other than Curtis.

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“No one else has loved me the same way Curtis did. He loved me unconditionally and totally. And, I just haven’t found anyone else that can beat that,” Barbara said.

The 72-year-old at the time also had a message to send to women who want to get married but they can’t seem to find the right match.

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“If I can get married at 70, there’s a lot of hope for a lot of women that they too can get married,” Barbara said. “Don’t give up because you don’t know.”

Watch the couple’s love story in the video below.

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By Irene Markianou
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Irene Markianou is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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