Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, and while searching for love can be difficult for some, Ruger and Mikey Winchester (88 and 84, respectively) didn’t have to look very far. After things didn’t work out on a blind date with Ruger’s roommate, Mikey began dating Ruger instead. The two felt an instant connection and married on September 3, 1955, at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico – just six weeks after their first date. They were 21 and 25 years old.
Fast forward 63 years, and the couple’s love is still going strong. New to the Houston area, the couple moved to Parkway Place where they enjoy staying active through different activities and exercises.
“Ruger and I met by chance, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve enjoyed the last 63 years together and look forward to many more,” Mikey said. “Our love story is unique, and I cherish it each day. It’s nice to have a day designated for celebrating love, but life is short, and we believe in celebrating love as often as you can. I never thought a blind date would turn into a lifelong partner. I am excited to celebrate another Valentine’s Day with Ruger and other couples at Parkway Place.”
The Winchesters have three children and frequently moved around the country while Ruger served as an Air Force pilot for more than 20 years. After accepting the call to become a preacher, he attended seminary school in Fort Worth and moved the family to North Dakota where they lived for 32 years. They moved to Houston just over a year ago so Ruger could receive treatment at MD Anderson after he was diagnosed with cancer. He credits his wife’s love and support, as well as exercise, for helping him through this time.
“Mikey is my one true love, and our love is stronger today than it ever was,” Ruger said. “We’ve lived a beautiful life, had three wonderful children and shared the word of the Lord with many people. We’ve accomplished a lot in 63 years, and I couldn’t imagine anyone else by my side. The last year has been difficult with my cancer diagnosis, but we are pushing through. Mikey has been my rock through it all. I’m thankful for her.”
This Valentine’s Day, the Winchesters will exchange gifts and celebrate their love together at the senior living community.
“The bond between Mikey and Ruger is unbreakable. We love seeing them together in the community and know this will be a special Valentine’s Day,” said Susan Phelps, executive director at Parkway Place. “They are truly remarkable people, and their story reminds us that love never fails, which encourages all of us. We love listening to their love story, especially because it made them into the people we know today.”