Gail Allen Weber and Mary Alice (Dickey) Weber celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 22, 2020.
Gail and Mary Alice first met at a church youth retreat in northeastern Indiana when she was a senior in high school. Gail had just moved in as a freshman at Manchester College, now Manchester University.
With his father’s first cousin being pastor at the church Mary Alice attended, Gail often attended church and youth meetings on Sunday with his cousin. This provided a frequent opportunity of enjoying meals with parishioners, since the campus cafeteria was closed on weekends – and he also got to meet Mary Alice.
They began dating about six months later their first meeting and dated over three years. The wedding was planned for after Gail’s graduation from college.
Mary Alice recalled, “The summers spent apart were difficult as Gail was an infrequent letter writer and long distance calls from Wichita, Kansas, to Silver Lake, Indiana, were too extravagant an expense for working students in the late 60’s.”
Their patience paid off for shortly after Gail received his Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, the couple gathered their families and were married.
Their first apartment was in married housing on the medical center campus in Indianapolis. Mary Alice shared, “It was a studio apartment with a small attached kitchenette, with a walk-through closet to the bathroom. The walls were cinder block with two large windows, since they had the advantage of a corner apartment. Living close to a campus of multiple hospitals and downtown businesses, there were frequent sirens and the distinct aroma from a nearby hominy factory.”
As Mary Alice completed her schooling and internships, Gail worked for Ernest and Ernest, a public accounting firm.
After she graduated from Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis with a degree in physical therapy, the couple moved to Nashville. They secured jobs at Genesco and Vanderbilt University Hospital. However, after a year they decided city life was not their preference, and quite miraculously found the community of Fairview.
They are the proud parents of two children. Son Brian Allen Weber is married to Stacie Lynn of Chapel Hill. Daughter Alicia Joanne is married to James Theodore “Theo” Lankford of Fairview.
They are also proud grandparents to Brandon Allen Weber, Brittany Raelynn Weber, Blake Allen (Katie) Lankford of Burns, Mia Joy Lankford of Fairview, Cortney Lynn Bruketta (Zach) of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Jeffery Michael Johnson, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
When asked what their favorite thing is about each other, Mary Alice said she was attracted to Gail as conversation flowed easily and his intelligence. Gail said he was attracted to Mary Alice for her cute, pug nose.
Later, Mary Alice said she also admired the integrity in which Gail has lived his life, his loyalty to his family, and the many ways he helps with household tasks. Gail said his favorite thing now is how Mary Alice tries to take care of him, even though he resists!
Due to Covid-19, the couple was forced to cancel their plans for a train trip across Canada and opted to celebrate their anniversary quietly. Gail purchased a Precious Moments figurine and a sentimental card for Mary Alice, and they visited the Chihuly Nights exhibit at Cheekwood for a romantic evening stroll. “He did a great job of making the day special. We hope to rebook the train ride and celebrate with family with a big party next summer or fall,” said Mary Alice.
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