Parkway Place Couple Shares 63-Year-Old Love Story for Valentine’s Day
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Posted by: Julianna Ems
HOUSTON, February 8, 2019 – Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, and while searching for love can be difficult for some, Ruger and Mikey Winchester (88 and 84, respectively) didn’t have to look very far. Mikey went on a blind date with Ruger’s roommate in the summer of 1955. When things didn’t work out, she began dating Ruger instead. The two felt an instant connection and married six weeks after their first date on September 3, 1955 at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico at the ages of 21 and 25. Mikey wore a beautiful dress while Ruger donned his Air Force uniform, and the couple said “I do” in front of family and friends. Fast forward 63 years, and the couple’s love is still going strong. New to the Houston area, the couple moved to Parkway Place (a faith-based senior living community) and stays active through different activities and exercises. This Valentine’s Day, the couple will exchange gifts and celebrate their love together at the senior living community.
“Ruger and I met by chance, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve enjoyed the last 63 years together and look forward to many more,” said Mikey Winchester. “Our love story is unique, and I cherish it each day. It’s nice to have a day designated for celebrating love, but life is short and we believe in celebrating love as often as you can. I never thought a blind date would turn into a lifelong partner. It was my sister who encouraged me to get married. We thought it was fast, but when it’s meant to be you have to act fast. I am excited to celebrate another Valentine’s Day with Ruger and other couples at Parkway Place.”
Ruger and Mikey Winchester, Parkway Place Members
Photo courtesy of Chelsi Smith/Amy Jones, The Point Group
Ruger and Mikey have three children and lived across the country over the years. He served as an Air Force pilot for more than 20 years before feeling the calling to be a preacher. He attended seminary school in Fort Worth before moving to North Dakota where they lived for 32 years. They moved to Houston just over a year ago after Ruger was diagnosed with cancer so he could receive treatment at MD Anderson. He credits his wife’s love and support, as well as exercise, for helping him through this time.
“Mikey is my one true love, and our love is stronger today than it ever was,” said Ruger Winchester. “We’ve lived a beautiful life, had three wonderful children and shared the word of the Lord with many people. We’ve accomplished a lot in 63 years, and I couldn’t imagine anyone else by my side. The last year has been difficult with my cancer diagnosis, but we are pushing through. Mikey has been my rock through it all. I’m thankful for her and my passion for exercise. I run at least five times a week and recently participated in a 5K. This Valentine’s Day is the first one in our new home, and I’m excited to celebrate with my beautiful wife and other residents in the community.”
“The bond between Mikey and Ruger is unbreakable. We love seeing them together in the community and know this will be a special Valentine’s Day,” said Susan Phelps, executive director at Parkway Place. “They are truly remarkable people, and their story reminds us that love never fails, which encourages all of us. We love listening to their love story, especially because it made them into the people we know today.”
ABOUT PARKWAY PLACE
Parkway Place in Houston, a Buckner Retirement Services community, is a nonprofit, faith-based senior living community located on a 15-acre manicured campus that includes flowers, walking paths, gazebos, benches and raised gardens, putting green, as well as an outdoor heated pool and spas. It is also one of the few Independent Living communities in West Houston that has no entrance fees or long-term contracts and provides spacious apartment residences on a rental basis. As a life plan community, Parkway Place offers Independent Living apartment residences, spacious Assisted Living, and innovative Memory Care and Skilled Nursing services.
At Parkway Place, members can enjoy delicious dining and warm fellowship in beautifully arranged dining rooms, as well as maintain active lifestyles at the wellness center. The community also has an on-site life enrichment coordinator, chapel, full-time chaplain, on-site worship services, beauty/barber salon and weekly housekeeping/linen service. For more information about Parkway Place, please visit the community website at www.bucknerparkwayplace.org or call (281) 677–5912.
ABOUT BUCKNER RETIREMENT SERVICES
Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. is one of the largest not-for-profit senior living organizations in Texas dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior adults and their families by promoting an active, healthy Christian lifestyle while maintaining their independence and dignity. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner International, a global faith-based ministry serving people each year in the United States and worldwide.
Contact: Chelsi Smith/Amy Jones, The Point Group.
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