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Seven couples renew their vows at Farhney-Keedy Home

September 04, 2010
  • Patricia and Stephen Robertson enjoy refreshments after the ceremony in which they and six other couples renewed their wedding vows at Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village in Boonsboro.
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BOONSBORO - Seven couples renewed their wedding vows at Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village in Boonsboro recently in the facility's main dining room. The ceremony occurred in front of more than 100 residents, staff and family members.

The couples, and some escorts for persons in wheelchairs, made their way through the room toward a wedding arch and the Rev. Sharon Peters, chaplain at Fahrney-Keedy. The procession was accompanied by traditional wedding music from Debbie Slifer on keyboard and Trish Coulter on violin.

Nancy Sansone, who with her husband, Eugene, was among those renewing vows, said "there are more people here than there were at my first wedding ceremony."

Other couples renewing their vows were Benjamin and Blanche Litten, William and Louise Adams, Kenneth and Mary Bowman, Stephen and Patricia Robertson, Samuel and Wanda Shank, and Richard and Gertrude McGowan. Most of these persons are residents at Fahrney-Keedy.

Each bride carried fresh flowers as she made her way once again to the altar.

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The processional was led by honorary flower girl and ring-bearer Molly and Connor Weaver, children of Cassandra Weaver, vice president of operations at Fahrney-Keedy.

Tears of joy were evident throughout the dining room as the Rev. Peters conducted the Renewal of Vows portion of the ceremony for each participant. Each couple commented on the time and place of their respective original weddings. It was noted that two of the couples had been married for 70 years. The large wedding party received cheers from those in attendance when, after being pronounced "still wed," they sealed their promises with kisses. Patricia Robertson said, "The only thing that would make this day better would be if I could take my husband (a resident in Fahrney-Keedy's nursing home) home with me."

At a reception after the ceremony all those in attendance enjoyed wedding cake and Weaver offered the brides and grooms a toast of wishes for continued love and good health.

The wedding vow renewal event was the idea of resident Doris Warfield, who suggested it at a dining committee meeting. "We were looking for our big event (that would entertain residents) for the month, and, since June is big for weddings, it was a natural fit," said Sue Hobbs, activities director at Fahrney-Keedy.

Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village, a continuing care retirement community, is along Md. 66 a few miles west of Boonsboro. With nearly 200 full- and part-time employees, it serves a resident population of almost 200 women and men in independent living, assisted living and long- and short-term nursing care. Fahrney-Keedy is committed to enhancing the lives of seniors through caring quality service.

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