Couple in Their 90's Tie the Knot at John Knox Village

March 17, 2015

When 90-year-old Fran Pearson went on her first date with 95-year-old Dick Stanton she told him she didn’t want anything serious and she wasn’t looking for a commitment. She had been married for 57 years and didn’t want to lose her freedom. Now she says, “Never say never”. The couple, who reside at John Knox Village in Tampa, will be married in the chapel at the retirement facility on Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m.

The pair had seen each other in the hallways of John Knox Village, but didn’t spend a lot of time together until Fran became the organization’s Assistant Treasurer. Dick happened to be the Treasurer. He heard her talking about how much she liked latte’s from Starbuck’s, so they went on their first date to the coffee house and that’s where he proposed a month ago on Valentine’s Day.

Fran says the couple stays busy with volunteer work, outings with John Knox Village and he keeps her young by challenging her to do new things like go on rides at Busch Gardens and jump into swimming pools.

The couple will celebrate their marriage with their family and other residents of John Knox Village.

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What: Nonagenarians tie the knot

When: Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m.

Where: The Chapel at John Knox Village, 4100 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33613

St. Joseph’s John Knox Village is a faith-based, not-for-profit retirement community; a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, with a belief in the concept of holistic health care. Since 1973 St. Joseph’s John Knox Village’s mission has been to preserve the highest physical, emotional and spiritual quality of life. St. Joseph’s John Knox Village is a part of the BayCare Health System, a network of 13 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 300 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.