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Coronavirus can’t keep couple from celebrating 71st anniversary

After 71 years of being married, Betty and Calvin are still in love.
After 71 years of being married, Betty and Calvin are still in love.(Laura Manuel)
Updated: Mar. 27, 2020 at 2:46 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Betty and Calvin Manuel celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary through the windowpane at Resthaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Charles.

Mrs. Betty and Mr. Calvin celebrated their 71st anniversary through the windowpane at Resthaven...
Mrs. Betty and Mr. Calvin celebrated their 71st anniversary through the windowpane at Resthaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Charles.(Laura Manuel)

With flowers and cake, Betty, who nurses said doesn’t talk too much anymore, immediately said “Yes!” when the nurse pointed Calvin outside, holding a bouquet of flowers in an aluminum can.

“Look at him right there. He is so handsome!” the nurse said.

Mrs. Betty and Mr. Calvin celebrated their 71st anniversary through the windowpane at Resthaven...
Mrs. Betty and Mr. Calvin celebrated their 71st anniversary through the windowpane at Resthaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Charles.(Laura Manuel)

It was a bike that convinced Betty, who was 16 at the time, to marry Calvin. She thought they could get around town.

Betty was working at the restaurant in Muller’s when Calvin got home from WWII and the Navy.

After 71 years of being married, Betty and Calvin are still in love.

Mrs. Betty and Mr. Calvin celebrated their 71st anniversary through the windowpane at Resthaven...
Mrs. Betty and Mr. Calvin celebrated their 71st anniversary through the windowpane at Resthaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Charles.(Laura Manuel)

To view their special evening, check out the photo gallery below:

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