Lesbian couple marry after 72 year-long relationship

Two women in their nineties marry after 72 years together. (x)

Two women in their nineties marry after 72 years together. (x)

Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice “Nonie” Dubes, 90, got married on Saturday after being together for 72 years. They exchanged vows at First Christian Church, Davenport.

The women met in their hometown of Yale, Iowa and moved to Davenport in 1947. Boyack was a longtime teacher for Lincoln and Grant elementary schools. “I always wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “My plan at an early age was to teach in the school where I was then going, and my teacher would move on to another school.”

Dubes worked in payroll for the Times and Democrat for 13 years. “I signed the paychecks for everybody, including Bill Wundram,” she said. Dubes worked for Alter Corp. for 25 years after leaving the news business.

“I’ve known these two women all my life, and I can tell you, they are special,” the couple’s friend, Jerry Yeast, told the Quad City Times. “This is a very special day for all of us.”

The women spent their free time traveling. Over the years, they’ve made stops in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada, and England. “We’ve had a good time,” Dubes said.

As she officiated the ceremony, Rev. Linda Hunsaker told the couple, “This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.”

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