An elderly couple who first met in the 1950s dated for a year when they were younger but eventually broke up because of the hectic schedules they had at work and the fact that they both pursued careers. They hadn’t seen one other in 60 years, but unexpected meeting at a retirement home led to their marriage.
After working together for a year, Ron Owen, age 84, and Ruth Holt, age 79, began dating after meeting at the office where they both worked. While Ruth was just 18, Ron was already working as a singer on cruise ships when he was 23. Ruth married another guy and moved to Saudi Arabia with him at the time that Ron was pursuing a career in show business. She did not want anything to stand in the way of Ron’s career growth. After some time had gone, Ruth relocated to India, and then after some time she went back to the United Kingdom. She worked there in several jobs, including as a typewriter and a telephone operator. Despite the fact that they were separated by tens of thousands of miles, Ruth believed that Ron was “the one” and that she would always have him in her heart.
When performing in clubs and other events, Ron, who is a singer and entertainer, enjoys doing so by belting out classic songs made famous by other artists, such as Matt Monroe and Frank Sinatra. He considers himself to be a devoted follower of the sport of football and has worked as a scout for football clubs like Norwich City and Fulham. Ron never tied the knot since his life was so full with activities. In addition to that, he spent the previous four years working on cruise ships as a director.
Ruth had a divorce in 1983 and then spent the next 20 years living by herself. Due to her marriage, she is the mother of two boys and the grandmother of four grandchildren. A wonderful year happened in 2014 for Ron and Ruth, and they were able to find each other again after being apart for sixty years. She was able to quickly identify Ron when she entered the room because of the music that was playing in the shared area where she stayed. Two weeks prior to the unexpected meeting, Ron moved into the bungalow home that was just across the street from where Ruth lived. When Ruth found out that a man who goes by the stage name “Ronnie Ray” had moved in, at first she couldn’t trust what she was hearing.
Ruth shared her story, “One day, my sister came to meet me when I was living at my home. She claimed that she had attended a party that was held in the community hall and that there was a “great singer on.” She also said something about a guy called Ronnie. I said, ‘Ronnie Ray?’ I almost fell through the floor when she said yes. I went to see Linda, our warden, to make sure it was the person I believed it was, and she confirmed that it was in fact Ron Owen. I just could not believe it!
Ron was told by the warden that Ruth had been asking about him, and he was also informed of where Ruth lived. After more than 60 years apart, Ron paid Ruth a visit at her home in St. Anne’s, which is located in the county of Lancashire.
“He got to the bottom of the stairs leading up to the front of my bungalow, but he said he was having trouble getting up them, so I came down to see him,” Ruth said, smiling. “Right immediately, we got right down to business, and it was like if we had never stopped talking. It all started with a few casual get-togethers over drinks and conversation, and things progressed naturally from there. I couldn’t believe I was back with him. When we were dating, I had the greatest respect for him. He was always the one I wanted to be with. After being without a partner for more than two decades, I cannot express how relieved I am to have found one.
The relationship between the two people was restored, and they eventually moved in together. During the month of July in 2018, Ron popped the question to Ruth while they were watching television together.
Ron said, “When I was in my 20s and Ruth was 18, I would talk to her and take her to Preston greyhounds on Thursday nights. When we saw each other again, we started talking, and three months later, we were best friends and in love. Approximately half a month ago, when we were sitting together watching tv, I suddenly turned to her and said, “Do you want to get married?” She was about to fall off the couch. Although I’m looking forward to it, I must say that I’m also a little bit anxious. I’ve gone on stage in front of a thousand people, and while I haven’t been anxious at all, I’m about to do something that I’ve never done before.”
Ruth added, “We had been together for more than a year when we decided to part ways because Ron wanted to pursue his singing career. Over the years, I’ve always wondered where he was and what he was up to. I first came across his name in a nearby newspaper around six years ago. I have never heard of someone getting married after so long apart. I didn’t think it would ever happen to me.”
Ron Owen and Ruth Holt will get married in September, and 50 family and friends will be there to celebrate. The couple will finally get back together after 60 years.
People who are meant to be together will get back together, no matter how many years pass. Best wishes to the couple!
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