Neil and Vyvyan Overly display their wedding picture, taken 71 years ago.
FREDERICKTOWN — Lysander, in Act 1 of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” declared that “The course of true love never did run smooth.” That may very well be true, but true love does survive the bumps life throws at us.
One case in point: Neil and Vyvyan Overly who have been married for 71 years. They met at a dance in Memorial Theater. Vyvyan had gone to the dance with another young man, but Neil had seen her at the fairgrounds, asked to be introduced and invited Vyvyan to dance.
“I guess that will be all right,” Vyvyan replied. That was the start of a lifelong romance. A bump in the road occurred later when Neil, who did a lot of roller skating, asked Vyvyan to go with him to find a girl to go skating with him. The girl wasn’t home, nor were two or three other girls, so Neil took Vyvyan to the roller skating rink.
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