When Nettie Ann Hicks moved into senior-living facility Altercare in April, her daughter joked that maybe she would find love. “I told her that wouldn’t happen,” the 74-year-old grandmother said. Just six months after her move, she is eating her words. Hicks married 78-year-old Eugene “Gene” Brady on Sunday at the facility.
When Nettie Ann Hicks moved into senior-living facility Altercare of Navarre in April, her daughter joked that maybe she would find love.
“I told her that wouldn’t happen,” the 74-year-old grandmother said.
Just six months after her move, she is eating her words. Hicks married 78-year-old Eugene “Gene” Brady on Sunday at the facility.
“There was no question if we were sure (about getting married),” Hicks said. “They know we’re adults (and can make our own decisions). Who would have thought that at the age of 74 you would fall in love with someone?”
Hicks caught the attention of Brady, a New York native.
"One day they sat me at a table in a direction that was facing him,” Hicks explained. “He started talking and rubbing his white beard – well it has some black in it – and he asked if he should get it shaved off. I told him, “It looked really good.”
As luck would have it, Hicks’ room was across the hall from the handsome man with the New York accent.
“He’s very friendly and he is from New York and he is Irish,” Hicks said with excitement in her voice. “He said he saw me and he made the effort to get to know me.”
Brady, who has been a resident at the home since the beginning of the year, has a “great sense of humor and wonderful sense with God,” his blushing bride said.
“He has a New York accent,” she said. “He just laughs. He’s got a great sense of humor.”
Brady jokes that his bride is a chatterbox who requires a good winding every once in a while to keep her going.
“He said that I have a screw in my forehead and when I wind down he has to wind it up to keep me going,” she said. “I love to talk.”
Hicks said the staff at the facility was so excited about their nuptials and even made the cake that was served at the reception.
“They are all talking about it and teasing us about it,” she said. “It’s a real fun time.”
Hicks’ daughter, Kimberly McGuire, gave the bride away, and Hicks’ niece Peggy Derwin was her matron of honor. Brady’s daughter, Mary Ann, stood up for him.
The newlyweds are sharing a room at the facility but hope to be able to move into the assisted living wing of the facility some day.
“Then we can have our own little apartment,” she said.
For now they have everything they need in their little community, and most importantly, they have each other.
The Independent (Massillon, Ohio)