Couple marry a second time, years after tragedies (video)
The Mature and Mighty group meets for games and conversation at 6 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at Faith Family Church, 2002 E. Mockingbird Lane.
He was shy.
She was the prettiest redhead he'd ever seen.
It was love at first sight, and a month later, the Victoria couple walked down the aisle, expecting to live happily ever after.
But after 13 years, their marriage fell apart, and the couple divorced.
"It was a mistake," said Linda Vigus, 63. "I always knew that it was a mistake - I never stopped loving him."
He married again.
So did she.
After broken hearts, treacherous relationships and the passing away of their partners, the couple gave love another shot and walked down the aisle again Friday night.
Dressed in a pair of fitted white jeans and a lace top, her long, curly red hair pulled away from her face with a pearl clip, Vigus walked down the aisle and once again said "I do" to Harvey Hoehne, 64 - the love of her life.
"We knew her story," said Jackie Dick, leader of Mighty and Mature, a senior citizen group at Faith Family Church. "We knew about Linda's tough times, the loss of her husband after his battle with cancer, and when we found out (she and Hoehne) were going to get married, we stepped in."
The church group decorated the front lobby of the building, ordered food and bought a big white cake, decorated with clouds of white, sugary flowers.
"You should make people feel welcome," Dick continued, saying that she considers herself part of their family.
Hoehne never had children of his own but raised both of Vigus' children from a young age. Their daughter, Michella Hurst, joined by her daughter and grandson, watched joyfully as her parents returned to one another.
In a note framed at the cake table, she wrote: "God answers our prayers in His time, not our time; some just take longer than others."
"They should have never divorced," Hurst said. "I'm happy. They're finishing what they started."
When asked what will differ this time, the couple stopped, laughed and then responded that this time it will last. "We want to spend the rest of our days together," Hoehne said. "This time, it's for life."