Woodland Hills couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

Thursday, February 25, 2016
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If you've ever needed proof that love conquers all, look no further than this sweet Southern California couple.

WOODLAND HILLS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Ed and Florence "Toots" Shevick have walked holding hands nearly every day since their wedding day 70 years ago.

He's now 93, and she's 91.

"At this point in my life, the most important thing I can do is try to make her healthy and happy, that's what I got to do," Ed Shevick said.

"And he's doing a very good job," Toots Shevick said.

They met in 1940s Chicago and connected for the first time on a row boat.

"It started in the row boat," Toots Shevick said with a laugh, "and it finished in the row boat."

There's only been one break in their relationship. That's when Ed was sent to fight in World War II and was too afraid to commit.

Ed would come to his senses, and the two started writing five times a week during the war.

"We look out for each other, and he's the most important thing in my life, and I'm the most important in his life," Toots Shevick said.

They'd get married and spend the last 50 years in a Woodland Hills home, with Ed working as a teacher for 30 years.

They have two kids, one grandchild, and recently, one great-grandchild.

"We never expected to live long enough to see it," Ed Shevick said.

How do they keep the love alive after 70 years?

"We have a good sense of humor," Ed Shevick said, as Toots Shevick added, "We laugh a lot."

"And we're active," Ed said.

At 93, Ed still plays tennis multiple times a week.

"I play with kids. These guys are 75 and 85," he said.

And every night, the Shevicks follow the same ritual:

"We don't go to bed without kissing each other."