By MARGARET BLOHM
For the Times-Herald
DEARBORN – Peggy and Robert “Bob” Webster, residents of Beaumont Commons, Dearborn will celebrate 70 years of marriage this year.
Was it love at first site? She said, “No.” He said, “Sure.”
The couple shared how they first met seated next to each other in an 11th grade English class at Lowrey High School, now a K-8 school, in Dearborn.
“We were both from Taylor, and back then, there wasn’t a high school for Taylor students, which is why we were enrolled in Lowrey,” Peggy Webster said.
Whether you believe her side of the story or his about those initial feelings, they started dating in high school — graduating in 1949.
“Bob received his draft notice in 1951, so we went ahead and got married on July 21, before he attended the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School,” Peggy Webster said. “He did his service in Greenland, where he worked with the Transportation Corps that oversaw the port there.”
While her husband was away for two-and-a-half years, she stayed home and attended Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit.
Upon his return and her graduation, the couple settled in Allen Park where they raised four children, all graduates of Allen Park High School.
During these past seven decades, the Websters achieved other milestones. She worked as a nurse at Oakwood Hospital for nearly 40 years, from 1953 to 1992. Her husband, a machinist, worked at Great Lakes Steel and Eaton Corp. Both retired about the same time.
The couple’s adventures continued with travel to Europe and throughout the United States. With a large motor home, which they now keep at a child’s cottage, they visited all the states.
“We enjoyed traveling together along with lots of camping, canoeing and whitewater rafting,” Peggy Webster said.
Each had their own hobbies. She quilted and sewed. He made woodcarvings and restored old cars, including a 1934 dark green Dodge coupe with a rumble seat and a 1950 Chevy that he still owns.
He had the Dodge coupe when they first dated in high school, and she described it as a “bucket of rust” when he first bought it.
With a gentle camaraderie between them and a sense of stick-to-itiveness in soon-to-be 70 years of marriage, the Websters have lots to celebrate with their four children, a dozen grandchildren and at least another dozen great-grandchildren.
Confident about his feelings, Bob Webster said, “I still love her.”
With Valentine’s Day approaching, Beaumont Commons has planned a special dinner for residents. With more than 70 years of Valentine days behind them, the Websters shared they are content to share sweet memories.