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Same-Sex Couple Together For 72 Years Finally Get Married

A lesbian couple who have been together for 72 years recently tied the knot at First Christian Church in Davenport on Saturday.

Vivian Boyack married her partner of 72 years, Alice "Nonie" Dubes, in intimatewedding ceremony attended by the couple's closest friends and family members. Duringthe event, Rev. Linda Hunsaker described the wedding as a "celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago".

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Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, were introduced to each other in Yale, Iowa, the place where the couple grew up.

The two then moved from their hometown to Davenport in 1947, where Boyack served as a longtime teacher at Lincoln and Grant elementary schools. In describing her chosen profession during the Saturday ceremony, Boyack shared that she has always wanted to be a teacher. "My plan at an early age was to teach in the school where I was then going, and my teacher would move on to another school," the 91-year-old shared.

On the other hand, Dubes took charge of the payroll department at the Times and Democrat for 13 years. In sharing her experience at the news business, Dubbes said that she was assigned to sign the paychecks for everybody, even that of Bill Wundram. The 90-year-old then left the news business to work for Alter Corporation, where she stayed for 25 years.

In giving the guests a glimpse of their relationship Boyack and Dubes said that they have visited all 50 states and all provinces of Canada. They also traveled to England twice. "We've had a good time," Dubes described their adventures. In addition, Boyack shared that their 72-year relationship is a product of lots of love and hard work.

One of the couple's guests, Jerry Yeast, has been friends with the newlyweds since he worked as an 18-year-old landscaper in their yard. "I've known these two women all my life, and I can tell you, they are special," the 73-year-old said. "This is a very special day for all of us," the couple's good friend added.

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