An Early Flame, Rekindled Late in Life

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Clayton Rice and Dorothy Rae Lukins. Credit. Ketzel Levine, NPR. i

Clayton Rice, 81 and Dorothy Rae Lukins, 80, great friends since the 1930s, are about to become man and wife. Ketzel Levine, NPR hide caption

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Clayton Rice and Dorothy Rae Lukins. Credit. Ketzel Levine, NPR.

Clayton Rice, 81 and Dorothy Rae Lukins, 80, great friends since the 1930s, are about to become man and wife.

Ketzel Levine, NPR

Clayton Rice and Dorothy Rae Lukins are going to be married this weekend. Some say it's too soon, that the couple should wait longer. After all, they argue, Clayton Rice is only very recently widowed. What's more, he and Ms. Lukins have been dating just over a month.

But "too soon" is relative when you've passed age 80, even though both are in excellent health. As for dating, well, they started that back in the 1930s. And while it's true there's been more than a 60-year hiatus, you can hardly accuse them of jumping in blind.

Saturday's ceremony will be held at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon. The bride will enter to an old, beloved hymn. Pundits are betting that the couples' families and friends will weep buckets; great fat tears of joy.

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