The first time Mary and Al met (if you can call it that) was at baby-Mary's baptism. Al, of course a child himself at the time, is reported to have looked up the aisle at the little baby and declared to his mother, "Someday I'm going to marry her."
In love from the very beginning, Al and Mary were wed on April 4, 1943.
Over the years their family grew, with three daughters and, now, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When I spoke with Al in December, he proudly told me that he and Mary had not fought once in their 67 years of marriage. I believe him. Mary was an angel, and Al loved her completely. Everyone did.
This past Friday, January 8th, Mary passed away. It was her time, but she will be sorely, deeply, forever missed.