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Summarized by Janus Wilkinson

95-year-old Newlywed's Bliss Cut Short in Auto Accident

WOODBURN, ORGON -- Lula Johnston, 95, left a nursing home to move in with her family after tragedy cuts short her three-month wedded life with her college sweetheart.

Johnston was injured in a car crash in July, just one month after she married Paul Johnston, also 95. Her husband never fully recovered from the injuries suffered when a car crossed the median and hit their car head-on. Paul Johnston died in August, just three months after the couple married in the Woodburn, Oregon LDS chapel.

The time they had together was brief, however Lula does not regret how fleeting that time was that she had with Paul Johnston.

"Falling in love," Lula says, "is great at any time."

The couple first became sweethearts 75 years ago when both attended a small college in Idaho. They became separated by jobs in distant cities and they married others and raised their families. Last spring Lula, a widow, received a letter from Paul.

She and Paul rekindled their romance. Because they knew their time together could be short, they decided to live each day as it came. Because they were healthy, they felt they would have at least a year together.

Lula has moved in with her brother and his wife, who express their willingness to have her close to them in their home.


After brief marriage, widow has no regrets
Portland OR Oregonian 22Oct00 P2
By Erin Hoover Barnett: The Oregonian staff


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