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A Columbia Love Story

5:01 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Valentine's Day is around the corner and there's always a great love story to be told. This one is 67 years in the making.

"Every day she's my valentine," said Bill Manley.

Doris Williams was looking for a fun time at a Columbia roller rink, but who knew her future husband would skate right into her heart.

"I thought I knew my way around with the skates, but I kept on falling," Bill said.

After two years of dating, Manley asked Doris for her hand in marriage. But it wasn't all happily ever after.

"I decided, with my wife's permission, that I would go to Okinawa in May of 1950. We had one child, a daughter. She was expecting in about eight months our second daughter," he said.

Decades later the two are still living in the house love built. And they say patience is practiced every day.

"There's going to be hard times and you just have to learn to wait through it and you'll come out," Doris said.

Bill has had two heart attacks and open-heart surgery. And even though his heart was weak, the Manleys love is stronger than ever.

"I just thank God every day that I have Doris," Bill said. "Through hard times and difficult times He never, never allowed me to lose my love for my wife."

And after 65 years of marriage Bill says every day is Valentine's Day.

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