Wife Fighting Dementia Dresses Up To Surprise Her Husband On Their 72nd Anniversary

When it comes to long-lived love stories, Leonard and Shirley Matties are near the top of the scale. They celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on October 11. The celebration took place at Grace Manor Care Center in Colorado. According to WTHR, the couple has lived there since 2007 after moving from a farm that was part of the family for over a century.

Although Shirley suffers from dementia, she has not forgotten her husband. She was also able to dress up for him on their anniversary, thanks to some help from the Grace Manor Care Center staff.

A video and photos of the surprise were shared by Ardis Behrendsen, who works at the facility.

(With permission from my resident’s family, I get to share some pictures about the most amazing day I have had since…

Posted by Ardis Behrendsen on Friday, October 11, 2019

She wrote:

“(With permission from my resident’s family, I get to share some pictures about the most amazing day I have had since working in healthcare). I have been working in long term healthcare since I was 16. Working with the elderly has always been a huge passion to me. What I got to be a part of today was the most beautiful experience, this amazing couple has been married 72 years today. Not only was I able to get this beautiful bride a dress and doll her all up, but I was also able to take pictures of their very special day and capture the love and commitment they have for each other, even after 72 years. Leonard and Shirley are such a beautiful example of what true love is and prove that when you truly love someone, you fix what is broken and love each other through all the hard times you may face. I can’t even begin to tell you how it felt to witness so much love and emotion today, seeing the look on Leonard’s face when I brought Shirley out was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It’s days like today that I feel so blessed to do what I do….. because in the end, love is the only thing that truly matters. Thank you Leonard and Shirley for reminding me what life is all about, you are truly an inspiration to me. I love you both. 💜”

Posted by Ardis Behrendsen on Friday, October 11, 2019

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