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UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Love Stories: Share your tale

The Spokesman-Review wants to tell your love stories.


Love Stories: Move to Spokane allowed teen to meet love of her life

Janet and Jack Arkills met in church in their youth. Their connection was instant. They have been married 60 years today.


Love Stories: Apparently, opposites do attract: Becky and Harry Flanigan have been married 50 years

The old adage “opposites attract” certainly applies to Becky and Harry Flanigan.


Love Stories: Always room for one more – Brian and Betty O’Donnell raised a family, fostered hundreds of boys in 70 years of marriage

They met in eighth grade. Fell in love while attending West Valley High School. And eventually Betty and Brian O’Donnell’s love would grow to encompass their own children, plus more …


Love Stories: Good cooking is a recipe for happiness

Logging in the Olympic Peninsula is hard, hungry work, and hearty meals provide essential tree-felling fuel. If those meals are cooked by a pretty girl, well, that added inspiration can …


Love Stories: Couple are thankful for 70 years

For Barbara and Ray Lewis, the Thanksgiving Day holiday this year is extra special.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 2:48 p.m.

Love Stories: Romance set to rhythm of rock ’n’ roll

Kelly and Sherri Rhoads’ story is one of young love punctuated by pop culture.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 4:01 p.m.

Love Stories: Couple still make each other laugh after 70 years

Amy and John Roberson grew up in the same small community of Woodland, Washington, on farms about 2 miles apart. They attended the same school grades K-12, yet it took …


Love Stories: Boits’ devotion survives personal hardships

A night of dancing at the Crystal Ballroom in Fargo, North Dakota, turned into a lifelong romance for Betty and Vince Boit. Today the Boits celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. …


Love Stories: Iowa couple with love of travel drop everything, move west to be near only son and his family in Spokane

In the 1800s a newspaper editor from Indiana penned the words, “Go west, young man,” and people have been moving west ever since. Not just young men, either.


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Love Story: Picture perfect: All it took was a photograph to launch their love

Seven decades later, Donn Thompson still carries that photo in his wallet, and Wednesday he and his bride celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.


Wayne and Faith Washington: The big man on campus married the beauty queen (who also was an Air Force medic)

She first saw him on the basketball court at Eastern Washington University in 1975. Faith Farrington of Indianapolis was a medic newly stationed at Fairchild. “There wasn’t a lot of …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:44 p.m.

Love Stories: Love grew in farm country

It seems Ken and Veva Jean Hames were meant to be together. They met at Rosalia High School and quickly became an item, though Ken isn’t exactly sure how that …


Love Stories: Musical connection holds strong through the decades

Ken and Carol Fuller have been the organist and pianist at First Church of the Nazarene for their entire married life.


Love Stories: One dance paired Dorothy and Leon Williams for a full life

The Huntington Park Ballroom was awash in men in uniform in 1946, but Dorothy Wunderlich, 17, had eyes for only one.


Love Stories: Placing an ad for love

Long before Match.com, speed dating or Internet chat rooms, there were magazines – glossy publications that ran singles ads for lonely hearts looking for true love. Fifty years ago, Donald …


Love Story: Relationship soars after rocky start

The adage “you only get one chance to make a first impression” may be true, but luckily for George Peabody, a beautiful brunette named Mildred Baker gave him a second …


Cindy Hval’s regular newspaper feature inspires book of WWII romances

Plenty of World War II-era books cover history, yet little ink captures the love stories behind the greatest generation. Young couples facing wartime trials forged relationships as seeds to 60- …


Soldier fell in love at first typing class

In 1941, the Army Air Force sent John Benadom to Kinman Business University to learn to type. He planned to muddle through the class so he could go on to …


Doug Clark: Acceptance key to couple’s 70-year marriage

The big December countdown has begun. We’re seven days away from the 70th wedding anniversary of Lonnie and Peg Roe.


Love Stories: Learning to love again

An old Texaco slogan says, “You can trust your car to the man who wears the star,” but Gail Justesen has modified it a bit. “I trusted my heart to …


Love Story: Gehrs have had a lifetime of adventure

Sixty years ago Keith Gehr married the girl next door. It turned out marriage was just the first of their many adventures together. They met in Hopewell, Virginia, in 1952, …


Love Stories: No doubt in their minds

When Bill Lockie boarded the bus in Hillyard one morning in 1947, he noticed a cute brunette sitting primly on one of the seats. He took a seat and stole …


The Walkers celebrate 59 years of marriage, song

Rex Walker remembers the day he first laid eyes on his future bride. “It was Monday morning, Jan. 7, 1954.” He walked into the coffee bar in the student union …


Love Stories: Trans-Atlantic pen pals marry, raise a family

They spill from the bin in a colorful array, 400 of them in all. Shiny heart stickers on pink envelopes tumble among airmail envelopes bordered in red, white and blue. …


Love Story: The Creightons still find time for fun after 65 years

When a Lewis and Clark Tiger danced with a Rogers Pirate, sparks flew. Or at least that’s what George Creighton thought.


Love Story: Letter from friend paved way for Brenneckes

In the summer of 1962, Ron Brennecke wandered into a drug store in Elizabeth City, N.C. The West Valley graduate had been sent to North Carolina by the U.S. Coast …


A look, a song started the Cassis’ long romance

She heard his voice first – then his laugh. A group of young men were chatting at a downtown drug store, but Jackie Cassis was intrigued by one particular voice. …


Love Story: High school classmates reconnect at reunion

She noticed the handsome football player with the friendly smile at Anacortes High School. Faye Asseln recalled, “I had a little crush on him and said to myself, ‘Someday I’d …


Love Story: Her comic books won him over

It wasn’t her eyes or her smile that captured his heart – it was her comic books. Sixty years ago, Laurie and Sheri Zapf met in the third grade in …