In April 2017 Francie and Charlie Emerick marked their 66th wedding anniversary. But they were aware that time was of the essence. After a lifetime of doing nearly everything together, there was one last act that they wanted to perform. And though they knew every aspect of it needed to be just right, they were ready to take the ultimate step.
Francie first met Charlie in 1947 while at York College in Nebraska. In a family video posted on Vimeo, Francie recalls that encounter as if it were yesterday. “Porter,” Charlie called from the end of the dormitory dining table to Francie some way down, “Could you pass the butter?” She replied, “I have a first name.” And it was a name that Charlie quickly learned.
Charlie and Francie soon knew that they wanted to get married. However, at their parents’ requests, they completed their education first and then wed on April 4, 1951. And just nine months later, Francie gave birth to Jerilyn, the first of their three daughters.