February 20, 2014

Lasting Love (Celebrating 50 plus years of marriage): The Westerfields

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — They made vows of good times and bad, and they’ve kept them even when times were tough.

High school sweethearts Robert and Wilma Westerfield celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Feb. 16.

Robert met Wilma during study hall at Lily High School. She was a transfer student from Somerset High School.

“Bob, who was the basketball manager, liked to play pranks. And one of these pranks got him sent to study hall where I sat beside him,” Wilma said.

Wilma thought Bob was the nicest, politest, well behaved young man and he was tall.

“I liked tall men. I could wear my high heels,” she said. “And when we started dating, he always treated me nice.”

“And she was pretty sharp,” Bob added.

Wilma contributes that to her mother. “She had always told me to walk with your head held high. And I did.”

Neither recall where they went for their first date but it was a double date with her sister, Linda, and Bob’s best friend. 

“Dad would not let me date unless it was a double date. And, we probably just drove around or we could have went to the roller rink. I loved to roller skate,” she said.

They dated for five years and on Feb. 16, 1964, at the age of 19 and 22, the couple were married at First Baptist Church in London.

Wilma recalls the event — “It was very cold that Sunday with about four-inches of snow. After the morning service, we were married in the chapel downstairs. At that time, First Baptist was located on Main Street. I made my wedding dress and Bob’s mom made our wedding cake. Afterwards, we went back to their (Bob’s parents) home for a good dinner, and because the weather was so bad, we spent the night in Corbin. Also, Monday morning Bob had an interview for a job.”

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