Couple recreates Honeymoon in Mobile for their 69th wedding anniversary

An East Alabama couple is retracing its steps, and celebrating 69 years of marriage in the Port City. Friday night, L...

Posted: Feb 19, 2018 8:40 AM
Updated: Feb 19, 2018 8:40 AM

An East Alabama couple is retracing its steps, and celebrating 69 years of marriage in the Port City. Friday night, Lamar and Mary Nelle Dill along with their two children arrived at the Battle House Hotel.

FOX10 News spoke with the couple on what it takes to make a marriage last a lifetime.

"When I saw her I knew my heart jumped out of my chest," Lamar said.

It was love at first sight for the Dill's.

"I had a friend who wanted me to meet a cousin of hers. I don't like blind dates. I said I don't want anything to do with a blind date. So she brought him by anyway and introduced him to me and I liked what I saw so he asked me for a date and that was it. That was it. We met like in August. We were engaged in December and married in April so that was the right time, in the right moment and the right man," Mary Nelle said.

Lamar, 92, and his bride of nearly 69 years, Mary Nelle, 95, returned to Mobile this weekend to celebrate their anniversary at the Battle House Hotel, the same hotel they shared their honeymoon in 1949.

"Didn't think we would ever make it to this age. Didn't think we'd live this long," Mary Nelle said.

They reminisced on their younger days when they committed to love and cherish each other in sickness and in health, inside the First Presbyterian Church in Anniston, Alabama.

"What happened to that girl? Why can't I look like that now? That 17in waist has really expanded." Mary Nelle laughingly said.

The couple says the journey since then has had its ups and downs, with highlights being the birth of their two children and then grandchildren, but times weren't always easy.

"You just can't stay mad all the time, you know, but you're two different people and you're not going to see things eye-to-eye but we work it out and we do good, especially for 69 years," Lamar said.

The key to living a long and happy life they say is a whole lot of love.

"Just try to live every day the best you can and whatever God sends, take it and be gracious and happy that He's given you this much," Mary Nelle said.

"She said it all. She's been very good to me. Made me a good wife and I hope I've been a good husband," Lamar said.

"He has," Mary Nelle agreed.

When they found out the couple was back to recreate their honeymoon, the Battle House Hotel even upgraded their room to the presidential suite.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 50300

Reported Deaths: 2748
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11920692
Lake5432248
Elkhart347058
Allen2902133
St. Joseph205169
Hamilton1665101
Cass16449
Hendricks1446100
Johnson1325118
Porter80238
Tippecanoe7599
Clark68144
Vanderburgh6816
Madison67264
LaPorte60527
Howard59458
Bartholomew59345
Kosciusko5704
Marshall5308
Noble50128
LaGrange4829
Jackson4783
Boone47444
Delaware46952
Hancock46036
Shelby43525
Floyd40444
Morgan33631
Monroe32928
Grant30926
Dubois2976
Henry29717
Montgomery29720
Clinton2893
White26810
Decatur25532
Dearborn25423
Lawrence25225
Vigo2478
Warrick24329
Harrison21722
Greene19332
Miami1922
Jennings17912
Putnam1728
DeKalb1674
Scott1639
Wayne1536
Daviess15017
Perry1459
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1332
Franklin1278
Ripley1277
Wabash1152
Carroll1132
Gibson1132
Fayette1057
Whitley1045
Newton10010
Starke983
Huntington932
Randolph794
Wells791
Jefferson782
Fulton731
Jay680
Washington681
Knox670
Clay665
Pulaski661
Rush613
Posey550
Owen521
Benton510
Spencer501
Adams491
Sullivan471
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Tipton321
Switzerland300
Martin240
Parke230
Ohio220
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union130
Pike110
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 62856

Reported Deaths: 3032
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin11433443
Cuyahoga8786393
Hamilton6563207
Lucas2889305
Marion274039
Montgomery237835
Summit2299209
Pickaway221641
Mahoning1907239
Butler176747
Columbiana135060
Stark1196114
Lorain109769
Trumbull103277
Warren94525
Clark79310
Delaware67515
Fairfield64317
Tuscarawas60110
Lake57022
Belmont56722
Medina56632
Licking56012
Miami50331
Portage48759
Wood47451
Clermont4537
Ashtabula44544
Geauga42543
Wayne37253
Richland3635
Allen34841
Greene3229
Mercer29510
Erie26722
Holmes2575
Darke25326
Huron2382
Madison2139
Ottawa16624
Sandusky15715
Washington14420
Coshocton1413
Ross1393
Crawford1385
Putnam13415
Hardin12312
Morrow1211
Athens1111
Auglaize1094
Jefferson1052
Muskingum961
Union931
Monroe8917
Hancock851
Lawrence820
Preble821
Hocking809
Clinton791
Guernsey793
Shelby744
Williams742
Logan681
Fulton660
Scioto650
Carroll643
Ashland632
Wyandot625
Brown601
Fayette550
Defiance533
Knox531
Champaign511
Highland491
Van Wert451
Perry411
Seneca402
Henry330
Paulding280
Jackson270
Pike270
Adams251
Vinton232
Gallia201
Noble130
Harrison121
Meigs120
Morgan120
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 86°
Angola
Few Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 82°
Huntington
Broken Clouds
87° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 87°
Decatur
Scattered Clouds
84° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 84°
Van Wert
Scattered Clouds
84° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 84°
Sunday starts wet, ends dry
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events