VERNON, Conn. – Connecticut residents Bob and Nancy Shellard have been married 67 years. This year, with coronavirus spread concerns, the long-time couple had to celebrate in a unique way.
Nancy is in a nursing home in Somers that has restricted visitors due to safety concerns over COVID-19 spread. According to the CDC, individuals over the age of 60 are most at risk from the highly-contagious virus.
The Shellards’ 67th wedding anniversary was on Saturday, but instead of spending the momentous day apart, 90-year-old Bob celebrated outside the nursing home with a hand-made sign and balloons for Nancy.
The sign read, “I’ve loved you 67 years and still do.”
Nancy waved from a second-floor window and blew Bob kisses.
A nurse relayed messages between the two.
Their family says Nancy felt like a queen. Bob was delighted—mission accomplished.
He told WTNH he doesn’t know when he will see her next but hopes it’ll be soon.