After 56 years, David and Rushie Simpson's marriage is still going strong thanks in part to a barrel of love letters.
The Stayton Senior Community residents said they first met in Austin. Rushie's cousin was one of David's best friends in high school and he arranged a blind date.
"Here this vision comes out of the house in a green skirt with a white blouse and her beautiful red hair and I was absolutely hooked," David said.
Rushie said she remembers David opening the car door for her.
"He was so tall," she said. "We went to a dance and he could dance. I went home and told my parents, 'I'm going to marry him.'"
They began writing letters to one another while separated for college. David said they wrote every day for almost five years.
"Gee, David, I just can't begin to tell you what a wonderful and perfect time you made me have," Rushie wrote in one of her letters.
"Look if you can't come down here next week, your name is MUD. See Rushie, I miss you lots and lots. You know I love you and that I always will," one of David's letters said.
The couple got married and just a few days later David had to leave for military duty. The letters started up again.
"Don't ever let me down, David. I miss you already so much… Until I see you again and can tell you that I love you with all of my heart. Love, Rushie," a letter said.
Both recall it being one of the most difficult times in their life, but the letter about how they felt kept them going.
"We made a commitment and said, 'I do.' That to me meant that I am going to love and cherish this woman, and I have," David said.
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