Kenneth Sweeney and Sylvia Crowe never expected to find love when they came to Green Valley Care Center in New Albany, Indiana.
Life has a funny way of surprising you.
Sweeney caught Crowe’s eye the first day they met, though the two residents started out just being friends. Over time, the relationship blossomed into something more. On Feb. 15, 2017, Sweeney and Crowe tied the knot in a small ceremony at the skilled nursing and rehab center.
“Sylvia did a lot of the leg work getting all the paperwork in place and the minister in place,” said April Davidson, activity director. “It was a true spirit of love that pushed her.”
On March 3, the newlyweds hosted a reception at the facility to share their excitement with their friends and family members. They had a cake, their first dance together and even a bouquet toss. Guests could sign a photo frame surrounding a picture of the Sweeneys.
“It was just lovely,” Crowe said. “It was more than I expected – so many people came in and wished us well.”
“It was awesome,” Sweeney said.
Family even got involved in the reception. Crowe’s son played the guitar and sang to them.
Crowe is the Resident Council vice president and helps run activity groups in the evening. Husband and wife share many common interests – including singing, table games and socializing.