Second Chance at Love; Couple to Marry 70 Years After Meeting
Some couples these days meet over the internet.
Others at grocery stores, or church.
But Peter Cassity met Patricia Adams in elementary school.
That, was 70 years ago.
But for Cassity, it's as if time stood still.
"She was the most beautiful thing I ever seen in my life," he says. "I know exactly the dress she had on. It was a green flowered dress, white collar, bow in the back, and patent leather little shoes. Beautiful."
Thing is, she didn't really notice him.
If you look at the back of their class picture, you'll see that she didn't even know his last name.
"I don't remember," she says.
He was shy about approaching her, but finally worked up the courage to send her a Valentine's Day card.
"It said, 'Happy Valentines, I love you, Pete Cassity,'" he says.
It turns out, she never received it.
But he didn't go out on a limb again, keeping his love for her to himself.
They two grew up.
They married other people.
He entered the Army and served in the Korean War.
She raised three children.
But one thing never changed for Cassity.
"I never forgot her," he says. "I didn't think I'd ever see her again. I was going to take that to the grave."
The two eventually widowed.
By this time, he lived in Arkansas.
Then, curiosity got the best of him.
A cousin from Fresno visited him, and he asked her to help him find Adams' phone number.
That cousin of his, eventually stumbled across a cousin of hers, and the number reached Cassity two months later.
"I called her and said 'Patricia Blankenship don't you hang up on me. I've been in love with you for 70 years!'" he says.
They spent four hours on the phone that day.
"His voice was really nice over the phone," Adams says. "He was friendly and nice."
They would set phone dates, with talks going as long as five hours.
"It was over 7,000 minutes in January," he says.
"He wooed me," she says.
Phone calls led to travel plans.
He flew to Clovis last week, and he had more on his mind than a simple hello.
"I said I think we need to get married. She said, 'I think so, too'."
Adams admits, "A lot of people think we're crazy. "
Adams' daughter, Pamela Gaad, sure did.
"I did say, 'are you sure mom?" she says. "To see my mother smiling and happy, standing and walking hand in hand with the person she wants to spend the rest of her life with is incredible."
Their wedding is now just over a week away.
They plan to marry in Clovis.
Cassity's family is still in the Central Valley.
Their invitations read: "It's only taken 70 years to find each other again... and to find a love that will last a lifetime."
It's a far cry from the wayward Valentine's Day card from 1946.
But theirs is a story of love, hope, and second chances.
"It's wonderful, that you can still have feelings and love someone again," says Adams.
"She's still the most beautiful thing I've seen in my life," says Cassity. "When the Lord takes one of us away, that's when we'll be separated."
Adams' sons will walk her down the aisle.
Her daughter will be her maid of honor.