Friday, 15 July 2016

Photos: Woman, 71, married 17-year-old boy just three weeks after meeting him at son’s funeral

Woman, 71, married teen just three weeks after meeting him at son's funeral

The last thing Almeda Errell expected to find when paying her respects at her son’s funeral was love.


But it happened, and apparently it was love at first sight.
Almeda, 71, from Tennessee fell for 17-year-old Gary Hardwick after meeting him at her son Robert’s funeral. Just three weeks later, the two were married.
The supermarket assistant said: ‘I wasn’t looking for a young man, but Gary just came along. I just knew straight away that he was the one.’

71-year-old woman married 17-year-old boy just three weeks after meeting him at her son's funeralGary and Almeda Hardwick pose for photos at their home in Sevierville, Tennessee, April 2016 ( PA Wade Payne/PA Real Life)



The mother-of-four had been completely heartbroken after being widowed and then losing her eldest son, Robert, after a seizure.
She said: ‘I found myself on my own. I’d turn up for work at Walmart in tears and my colleagues would ask me what was wrong. Deep down, I was searching for a soulmate.’
Gary, who had always been attracted to older women, said he was also unhappy after feeling trapped in his relationship with a 77-year-old woman.

71-year-old woman married 17-year-old boy just three weeks after meeting him at her son's funeral Gary and Almeda Hardwick - on their wedding day (Collect/PA Real Life)


After meeting eachother at the funeral, organised by Robert’s wife, Lisa, the pair couldn’t stop thinking about each other.


Gary said: ‘She had the most gorgeous, sparkling blue eyes. When I told Lisa that I liked Almeda, she said that she liked me too and that she should get us together.’
Shortly after, they met at Lisa’s daughters birthday party and hit it off straight away.
Almeda said: ‘He was just as I remembered. That smile, those good looks. We were both too nervous to eat, and at one point he fell over his chair.’

71-year-old woman married 17-year-old boy just three weeks after meeting him at her son's funeral Gary and Almeda Hardwick - on their wedding day (Collect/PA Real Life)



From then, the pair met each other every night. Two weeks later, Almeda accepted Gary’s proposal.
Six days later, the couple married in the gardens outside Lisa’s flat where they had had their first kiss.
Following their wedding night, Gary said: ‘It was wonderful, beyond my wildest dreams. She really is my dream woman and the physical side of our relationship couldn’t be better.’





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