The leaves are not the only thing falling at Brookdale North Austin. Residents, William “Bill” Taft and Rose Stubbs have fallen in love and shared vows in front of an audience of family and friends on Sunday, November 4th, 2018.
The bride just turned 90 and the groom is 79. This is the second marriage for both. Both of their spouses are deceased.
The couple met in June, shortly after Bill moved into the community. Rose was the “Resident Ambassador” assigned to welcome Bill (and other new residents) to the community. He says it was love at first sight. They started spending time together at meals and activities.
“I noticed there was more than just a friendship a few weeks after he arrived,” says Misty Odhner, executive director at Brookdale North Austin. “They were sitting outside in the rocking chairs and she got up to get some water for him. When she walked away, he scooted her rocker closer to him. I knew then.”
Misty goes on to say that Rose's health has taken a turn for the better since Bill entered her life.
“She makes life worth living again,” said Bill when asked how this union has changed his life. Rose confirms, “I needed him and I didn’t know it.”
The couple said, “I do” on Sunday in the gazebo in the courtyard at their home, Brookdale Austin, where their whirlwind love story began. A reception included live entertainment, cake and champagne following the ceremony. Fellow residents served in the wedding party and the Health and Wellness Director, Marie Kramer, performed the ceremony.
When asked if they have any advice for any others out there looking for love, he replied with, “follow your heart.”
Rose added, “just ask him to sit with you.” We wish our lovebirds much joy and happiness together!