Her Father Forbid Her From Marrying The Love Of Her Life, But 49 Years Later, They Finally Said ‘I Do’!
True love is worth fighting for. And, arguably, it’s worth waiting for, too. That was certainly true for Janice Rude and Prentiss Willson, two young adults who fell head over heels in love until an ultimatum from Janice’s father tore them apart. In 1961, the lovebirds met at Occidental College in California, where Janice was earning her degree and Prentiss worked part-time in the school cafeteria. On one evening, Janice didn’t see Prentiss at his usual station. A friend informed her that he’d gone to visit family 150 miles away for Thanksgiving, and she was so smitten that she drove all the way there to see him. “That was bold for me,” she said.
After spending more time together and sharing their first kiss, Janice and Prentiss knew that they were destined to be together. The following year, they were engaged and had it announced in their local newspapers. But their love story was about to come crumbling down.
Janice’s father was strongly against the union, and he gave her a shocking ultimatum: break up with Prentiss, or he would stop paying her college tuition. “It wasn’t going to work for me. I had to get a college degree,” Janice said. So she made the painful decision to sever ties with her fiance, leaving them both broken-hearted.
Eventually, Janice and Prentiss met other people and got married. But they never stopped thinking of each other. After both of their mothers had passed away, they went through their moms’ respective belongings, and both happened upon the same newspaper clipping from 1962, announcing their engagement.
For 49 years, Janice’s mother had kept the clipping tucked safely inside her wallet. Janice and Prentiss got in touch again and decided to meet up on June 10, 2010, to see if the spark was still there.
When Janice saw Prentiss for the first time in nearly 50 years, she noticed that he was wearing the same yellow-colored pants he’d worn during their fateful 1961 Thanksgiving together. She took it as a sign.
Six months later, and 49 years after they’d broken up, the long-lost lovebirds were finally wed.
At the age of 71, Janice Rude became Janice Wilson. “We are so happy. Our marriage is perfect. And of course, we have very few years now to live it, but it will be perfect,” she said.