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My Best Day: She was pretty, good at ping pong and had a fun laugh, BUT…

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Bill Landsborough with Sharon Landsborough on their wedding day. Photo by Jackie Stonas.

Bill Landsborough

The most important day of 2018 for me has to be Jan. 13.

On that day I married a lady who was and is an answer to prayer.

You would think, ho-hum, another wedding story. But how many wedding stories do you read about when the couple is in their mid 70s?

My search for a lady in my life began about a year after my previous wife, Colleen, died in 2013.

I started doing online dating and signed up on two dating sites. At one point I was talking to eight ladies by phone and email. I wasn’t desperate but was looking a lot.

I met some wonderful ladies but we who are older, have a lot of baggage in the form of family, church, politics, location and preferences. I realized it was going to be harder than I originally thought and after searching for a year and a half, I quit the dating sites and said to God, “If you want me to find someone, you have to provide her to me.”

So I settled down to live out my life comfortably as a widower and a single man.

It wasn’t until September 2017 at the Wenatchee Valley Senior Center ping pong room, where I play with about 18 other seniors every week, that a nice lady named Sharon Thayer came in to play.

She was pretty, good at ping pong and had a fun laugh and a great sense of humor. BUT… she was wearing a wedding ring. So that was the end of that.

But, after about the third time seeing her there, I found out that she was a widow and just had not taken off her wedding ring. So I went over to talk to her and, making a long story short, asked her out and to my surprise she said yes.

So we started dating pretty seriously and I, remembering way, way back when couples went steady, asked her to go steady with me.

She said yes so I went upstairs to find my very old class ring for her to wear when I then found the diamond ring that I had made ahead of time for my bride-to-be.

I thought for a moment and then said, “Why not?” and went downstairs and said I couldn’t find my class ring so would this diamond do if you will marry me?

She laughed her beautiful laugh and said “Yes.” So we were married on Jan. 13, 2018, the best day of the year in my life!

Bill Landsborough is a native Washingtonian who loves being active in the great Northwest. He moved to Wenatchee in 2004 and loves golf, ping pong and anything outdoors.

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