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    Never Too Late to Begin Again – Couple Finds Love and Marries in Retirement

    When you have been out of the dating scene for more than 50 years, it can be daunting to think about asking someone out on a date. Bill Hopper, a resident of Baptist Retirement Community, had noticed a striking woman at church, as she was involved in many of the same groups and activities that he also enjoyed. One day, Bill finally got up the courage to ask her out to lunch. That was the beginning of a beautiful love story between Bill and June.

    “I was playing cards with one of the church groups when I first heard her laugh,” said Bill, 86. “Her laugh was the first thing that caught my attention. She laughs and smiles easily. It was very charming. After admiring her for quite some time, I decided I would like to ask her out to lunch. It had been a few years since I had asked someone on a date though, so I had to polish up my asking skills. I told her she could pick the time and place. June surprised me by suggesting we go to lunch that very day. I thought, ‘Uh oh, what have I got myself into?’ We ended up going out to Cheddar’s that day for lunch and conversation came easy, since we had a lot in common.”

    “Bill is such a gentleman and knows how to treat a lady with the utmost respect,” said June, 76. “He is also a fantastic storyteller. He has amazing stories from his childhood and his adult years. My grandchildren love listening to him and it brings me joy to see how enthralled they are at hearing Bill’s stories.”

    After dating for a little over two years, Bill and June decided to get married. When they tied the knot a year ago, their families were delighted and ecstatic with joy when they heard the news. Their daughters could not wait to help with planning the wedding. Both Bill and June’s families have embraced their marriage and are happy their parents have found love and a special companion in retirement.

    “Having both been married before, we decided to have a small intimate wedding with our family members,” said June. “The wedding was held in the activity center on the Baptist Retirement Community campus. We were married on December 1, 2012. It was a lovely wedding. Our daughters had decorated the entire venue for Christmas. Beyond the Christmas flair, we had a western theme with denim, lace and burlap. We served barbecue and traditional sides during the reception as well."

    After the wedding, Bill and June decided to move into a larger home in the gated part of the Baptist Retirement Community campus. They both agree that it is bliss being married in retirement. They like not having to worry about a job Monday through Friday. They wake up and spend their days planning out what they would like to do together next. They enjoy traveling close to home and experiencing new places and activities. Next month, the couple is going to Fredericksburg to check out the new theater. The Hoppers go to plays, participate in shopping outings and visit smaller towns. In addition to their travels, the couple sings in the Glory Choir, plays cards with friends every Tuesday night, reads together at home, listens to music, spends time with their families and simply enjoys each other’s company.

    “When my daughter was leaving after our most recent visit, she looked at me and said, ‘Mom, you better not mess this up because we really like Bill,’” said June. “Their love for him brings me great happiness. It is so important for families to get together and appreciate each other.”

    “Additionally, it is important to take your time, listen, talk and be frank with each other,” advised Bill. “If you are forthcoming and honest in all things, it will make your relationship that much stronger. It is also central to be kind to each other and very patient. If you keep these things in mind, your relationship will be better.”

    “Many of the staff and fellow residents find it inspiring to see that there is not a time limit for finding love, and that you can fall in love and get married at any age,” said Quinda Feil-Duncan, executive director of Baptist Retirement Community. “There are many new and old love stories at Baptist Retirement Community. We enjoy listening to the residents as they enlighten us with their relationship advice and share their stories and successes with us. We are so happy June could join us and Bill at Baptist Retirement Community.”


    Baptist Retirement Community is a beautifully landscaped 100-acre neighborhood with an extensive continuum of care that offers an affordable array of retirement housing choices, wellness programs, public health amenities, and personal assistant services to over 600 seniors across the Concho Valley. Baptist Retirement also offers skilled or long term nursing care, memory care, home health, hospice, a peace of mind program, outpatient therapy, and the Rotary House of Hope. Baptist Retirement is a nonprofit organization, in a convenient location just three minutes away from downtown San Angelo.

    Seniors can enjoy access to an on-site pharmacy, an on-site Shannon Health clinic, an on-site life enrichment coordinator, a chapel and full-time chaplain, transportation services, a beauty/barber salon, a community restaurant, fitness centers and exercise classes, companionship programs, and rehabilitation programs.

    Additionally, Baptist Retirement boasts the newest, most innovative approach to memory care with the community’s Green House® Homes at Sagecrest. With 10 private bedrooms and bathrooms in each home, experience professional care in a home-like setting – without sacrificing independence, comfort and privacy.

    Baptist Retirement Community has designed a $22 million renovation and expansion project, to be completed in two phases, which will begin this summer. The plan focuses on the expansion and renovation of the Henley-Mabee high-rise residences, building two new assisted living homes, building two new Green House® homes, and campus beautification. A new attached wellness center will include a dining venue, library, computer learning area, bistro restaurant, community room, aerobics area and a heated pool.

    For more information about Baptist Retirement Community, please visit the community website at www.baptistretirement.org or call (325) 655-7391.


    Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. is one of the largest not-for-profit senior living organizations in Texas dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior adults and their families by promoting an active, healthy Christian lifestyle while maintaining their independence and dignity. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner International, a global faith-based ministry serving children, families and seniors each year in the United States and worldwide.
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