Ted Hine chuckles at the memory of very first meeting with Sandra Haddock, the woman who would eventually become his wife.

"We were down at the University of Oklahoma and she had a date with a pledge in the fraternity I was in," he said. "She was over there dancing at the fraternity house and I came down to get a drink of water. I had to pass through the living room and saw her from a distance and I thought, 'Hmm, she sure is pretty.'

"I went back to my room, put some Dentyne in my mouth and splashed Old Spice all over me. I didn't have time to take a shower. I came down and cut in. We've been together ever since."

The two married on June 4, 1949 in her hometown of Shawnee.

The couple is closer than ever — through the good and bad times. They had four children together, suffered with the deaths of two of them and now are bonded with Sandra in the early stages of dementia, and Ted is her full-time caregiver.

"Like everybody, we've had our ups and downs, but we have had a good marriage," Ted said. "I think the reason is because of her sense of humor. She'll make a joke about anything at times. She has a memory problem now, but she can remember every word of every song she's ever heard. If she hears a tune, she'll start singing the song right on through."

Sandra remembers that first date and beyond.

"We danced and danced, talked and laughed," she said. "We just had a good time. My folks lived in Shawnee. (Ted) was more interesting because he had something in common with Dad. They liked each other and got along very well. It was me more proposing than him."

Hine, a retired dentist and Muskogee native, didn't want to get married right away. He was still going to school, but Sandra offered to quit school and take a job as a secretary to support them.

"I loved it here, but I just felt like I had so far to go in dental school," he said. "She wanted to be a June bride. I don't mean she was pushy, but I'm glad she was."

Now, 70 years later, Ted turns 93 in October and Sandra has her 90th birthday in August.

"Why have we've been married for so long?" Sandra said. "We've just wanted to and it sounds like a long time, doesn't it? It is a long time, but it's been a good time."

The two remain inseparable.

"We feel blessed that we've had this time together," Ted said. "We've had a good life."

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