The Love Connection – The second time: ‘It’s a miracle’

Newlyweds Ileen and Dean Wall

Ray Countians Ileen and Dean Wall said they have found love the second time around to be a “time to have fun, be together and enjoy each other.” The couple married Aug. 20, 2017, at New Hope United Methodist Church with friends Peggy Sullard and Bob Russell as witnesses. (Submitted photo)

By Liz Johnson, Staff Writer

Who says there isn’t love after 60, 70, 80 or 90? Or that you won’t find love after a spouse dies?

Ileen Downing Wall and her groom Dean Wall are an example of two who have made a love connection after the loss of their spouses.

Ileen, who will be 93 in April, and Dean, 89, were married Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, after a short courtship.

Both are familiar faces with the volunteer crowd in Richmond. Ileen and Dean volunteer at Ray County Memorial Hospital and at the senior center. Ileen volunteers at the Salvation Army and is a member of the God Squad ministry group. Dean volunteers at Hardin Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, distributing Harvesters food.

Making the connection

Apparently Dean had had his eye on Ileen for a while.

“We met over her car,” he said. “Something was wrong with her car, and I was following her around because the car wasn’t working properly.”

Dean began giving her rides and then wrote a check to cover the cost of Ileen’s car repairs, something she said he often does for others.

“That impressed me,” she said.

The complete story is in the Living 50-Plus section of the Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 Richmond News.

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