Showing that your first true love never really dies, a 75-year-old woman’s ex-husband surprised her when he proposed to her again on Valentine’s Day after being divorced for 43 years.
Louis Demetriades, 75, drove all the way from Memphis, Tennessee to Fort Smith, Arkansas last weekend to pop the question to his ex-wife Renate Stumpf at the Walmart where she works.
“Hey, good-looking,” Demetriades greeted her while carrying a sign that read, “Happy Valentine’s Day! Will you marry me?”
Stumpf declined the offer at first to tease him, she told ABC News, but she said “yes” at the end, adding that this was the best Valentine’s Day she has ever had.
The two first met at an army base in Germany when they were both 18.
“I was working in the kitchen at the army base, and he was a soldier,” Stumpf said. “The first time I ever saw him, he asked me if I could fix him a hamburger. He liked who he saw, so he asked to go help me out in the kitchen.”
She told him to get out because she didn’t need help, but he kept on coming back, finally winning her over.
The two of them had 3 children together and started having difficulties when they moved to the U.S. “We had little financial support, I didn’t know anything and I could barely speak English,” Stumpf said. “We started arguing about every little thing.”
After about 13 years of marriage, they divorced. They both eventually remarried, but both of their second spouses have recently died.
The two reconnected in December after her “stubborn husband” tried to get a hold of their daughter through Facebook and called the Walmart to rekindle a friendship.
“When we saw each other again last December, we knew right then we still loved each other for sure,” Stumpf said. “That love has never passed.”
The two lovebirds have decided to not rush to get married and just enjoy each other’s company for a while.
“There’s no rush at my age,” Stumpf said. “God put us together again, and it couldn’t be any other way after all these years.”