Hospice workers give wedding over 90s after elderly couple reveals they didn’t celebrate

A couple in their 90s — who couldn’t celebrate when they first married 77 years ago — were finally able to have the wedding they’ve always dreamed of, thanks to their hospice caretakers.

Committed couple Royce and Frankie King, both 98, didn’t get their wedding photos taken when they first tied the knot on September 16, 1944 – because they had to cut their marriage short before Royce went to fight in the war.

In 1944, who didn’t even have time to buy a wedding dress, Frankie wore a white dress she already had while Royce put on his military uniform.

After their hospice workers discovered they had no photos from their big day, they arranged for the couple to recreate it in the backyard of the house they’ve lived in for 68 years.

Royce donned his military uniform and Frankie wore a 1940s wedding dress that came from St Croix Hospice in Iowa – a hospice that cares for patients in the comfort of their own home.

A married couple in their 90s — who were unable to celebrate when they first married 77 years ago — were finally able to have the wedding they’ve always dreamed of, thanks to their hospice caretakers

Royce and Frankie King, both 98, didn't have the big day they dreamed of when they first married on September 16, 1944

Royce and Frankie King, both 98, didn’t have the big day they dreamed of when they first married on September 16, 1944

They had to squeeze their marriage before Royce went to war in the war, so they married in a local church - without a photographer or wedding dress

They had to squeeze their marriage before Royce went to war in the war, so they married in a local church – without a photographer or wedding dress

After employees at St Croix Hospice in Iowa discovered they had no photos from their wedding, they arranged for the couple to remake it 77 years later.

After employees at St Croix Hospice in Iowa discovered they had no photos from their wedding, they arranged for the couple to remake it 77 years later.

Frankie walked down the aisle with a bouquet of flowers while St Croix’ music therapist, Brandon, played classic 1940s tunes.

Their daughter Sue Bilodeau, 68, a retired dental hygienist from Chico, California, said: “It was the most magical moment. They are as in love as the day they met.

“Daddy was very proud to put on his uniform for Mom, and Mom loved being pampered. They just beamed at each other the whole time.

“They are very devoted and devoted to each other and they love to make other people happy.

“It’s great that they finally have wedding photos — after all this time.”

Royce and Frankie met at school when they were only 14 and eventually their friendship blossomed into romance.

They started dating when they were 17, and now, over 80 years later, they are still madly in love.

They provided a 1940s dress, live music, a cake and flowers for the couple, and even had one of their employees take professional photos

They provided a 1940s dress, live music, a cake and flowers for the couple, and even had one of their employees take professional photos

Their daughter, Sue Bilodeau, 68, said it was

Their daughter, Sue Bilodeau, 68, said it was “the most magical moment” and that her parents are “as in love as the day they met”

Royce and Frankie met at school when they were only 14 and eventually their friendship blossomed into romance.  They were photographed together when they were younger

They started dating when they were 17, and now, over 80 years later, they are still madly in love.  They are now in the picture

Royce and Frankie met at school when they were 14 and eventually their friendship blossomed into romance. They started dating when they were 17 and now, 80 years later, they are still madly in love. They are pictured together when they were younger (left) and now (right)

The couple became engaged in early 1944 and decided to tie the knot before Royce was deployed overseas with the US Army Air Corps during World War II in 1944.  They were photographed together when they were younger

With little time left, the couple rushed to a wedding at their local church in Oelwein, Iowa.  They are now in the picture

The couple became engaged in early 1944 and decided to tie the knot before Royce was deployed overseas with the US Army Air Corps. The couple rushed to a wedding at their local church. They are pictured together when they were younger (left) and now (right)

The couple became engaged in early 1944 and decided to tie the knot before Royce was deployed abroad with the United States Army during World War II.

With little time left, the couple rushed to a wedding at their local church in Oelwein, Iowa.

“My mom didn’t even have time to buy a decent wedding dress,” Sue said.

After the war, her parents settled in Oelwein and had their children, Sue and her brother Jim, 71.

“They were and his wonderful parents,” Sue continued. “It was a very happy family life. They still live in the same house where we grew up.’

When they first married in 1944, Frankie, who had no time to buy a wedding dress, wore a white dress she already had.  She is pictured when she was younger

They also didn't have time to hire a wedding photographer, so they didn't have any pictures of their magical day.  Frankie is pictured when she was younger

When they first married in 1944, Frankie, who had no time to buy a wedding dress, wore a white dress she already had. She is pictured when she was younger

St Croix caretakers only started caring for the couple eight months ago, and when they realized they were…

St. Croix caretakers started looking after them eight months ago, and a staff member was shocked when they asked to see some photos of their wedding and found that there were none.

Their daughter, Sue, explained: 'It is wonderful to have such beautiful pictures for my parents.  They finally have a wedding album that they can show to people.

Their daughter, Sue, explained: ‘It is wonderful to have such beautiful pictures for my parents. They finally have a wedding album that they can show to people.”

St. Croix caretakers only started caring for the couple eight months ago, but have already pampered them.

“One of the employees found out it was their birthday and asked for some pictures,” explains Sue.

“That’s where the idea came from. The hospice did it all.”

St Croix staff arranged a dress, music, a cake and flowers for the couple and had one of their staff take professional photos.

“It was such a special moment,” Sue gushed. ‘It’s great to have such beautiful pictures for my parents.

“They finally have a wedding album they can show to people.”

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