Forever in Love: Joplin couple reflects on nearly 60 years of spending Valentine’s Day together

JOPLIN, Mo. – Years ago, Valentine’s Day was hectic for the Becks. Together they owned a flower shop in Neosho for 35 years. It’s still going to this day, just like them.

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Beck Flower Shop, in Neosho, Missouri, owned and operated by the Becks for nearly 35 years.

Looking back, they made quite the pair.

“A young man come in just wanting just a single rose for his girlfriend. She waited on him, he wound up walking out with three roses and a teddy bear,” laughed Elmer Beck.
“And I love to do that,” exlaimed his wife, Sally.

They got married on September 3, in 1961, just six months after they first met at a card party. Sally recalls the day he proposed in her mother’s kitchen like it was yesterday.

“He said, ‘Well, I’d like to say something to you.’ That’s the most I remember, and I thought ‘Oh dear, he’s going to say he can’t do this anymore,’ but he didn’t! Put his arms around me and he said, ‘I would love to marry you,’ and boy that was the very end!”

“I didn’t get down on my knees or nothing,” laughed ring

“No, he didn’t get down on his knee,” confirmed Sally with a chuckle.

Together they raised three children, and from there, they gained 6 grandchildren, building a life and a love that inspires to this day.

“The love between them is still so pure and so strong. It’s amazing,” remarked Abby Smallwood, Resident Services Director for Wildwood Senior Living.

“Seeing couples that have been together for 60, even 70 years, is just incredible, something to strive for, for sure,” said newlywed Josh Adams who serves as the Plant Operations Assistant at Wildwood Senior Living.

These sweethearts will tell you it hasn’t always been easy, but it has always been worth it. They’ve learned to compromise and their best advice is to love through the highs and lows in life.

“Never go to bed without kissing each other good night,” said Elmer.

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A photo of Sally that Elmer still keeps in his wallet to this day.

“No, not ever,” agreed Sally.

The Becks are just one love story residing within the walls of Wildwood Senior Living. One couple there has been married for nearly 80 years.