World War II was still three years away from ending. Casablanca premiered in theaters across the nation. Radar was a newfangled military technology, and Bing Crosby released the song “White Christmas.” Oh, and Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes shared their first kiss in Yule, Iowa. The year was 1942.
72 years later — last Saturday to be precise — the couple exchanged wedding vows at First Christian Church, Davenport. Now both in their 90s, they feel they’re taking a brand new step in a relationship that has spanned nearly three quarters of a century.
Boyack, a longtime elementary school teacher, and Dubes, a former payroll clerk for the Times and Democrat newspaper, have lived to see gay rights go from nonexistent to mainstream, and this photo of the two at the altar should be more than enough proof that love can endure in any form.
The two have traveled to all fifty states over the years, all the provinces of Canada and have gone to England twice. “We’ve had a good time,” Dubes understated at the ceremony.
Jerry Yeast was 18 when he first did yard work for the couple in 1959. He is now 73, and said, “I’ve known these two women all my life, and I can tell you, they are special. This is a very special day for all of us.”