DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Robert and Albina Young sit quietly in their one bedroom apartment at a Dallas Nursing home. They’ve known each other for a long time. In fact, they say there’s not much left to talk about.
For 75 years now they’ve rarely been apart. They still hold hands and every once a while steal a kiss from one another. “I guess I like him otherwise I wouldn’t have married him,” says Albina “He is the love of my life.”
The Young’s love story began in 1936 near SMU. That was the year President Franklin Roosevelt was elected for a second-term. The book, “Gone with the wind,” was published. A gallon of gas cost 10 cents. “Pennies from Heaven,” by Billie Holliday was a very popular song.
Robert was a mechanic and Albina worked across the street. They married just months later. “We don’t have a wedding picture. We run off and got married,” says Robert, who had to go to war a few years later. He was a pilot in the Army Air Corps. “He flew 35 missions over Germany,” says Albina “I waited patiently.”
When he came home the couple adopted a son. They also got involved in their community and faith. The Youngs say church played a big role in their marriage. “I’m Lutheran and she’s Catholic,” says Robert “She attended her services. I did mine and we had no conflict as far as religion was concerned.”
Their advice now, “I don’t believe in divorce,” says Robert. “Get along don’t argue,” says Albina.
The Young’s Diamond Anniversary Bash will be Sunday. Nearly a hundred family members will be flying in from all over the country to celebrate.
During the party the Dallas chapter of the Red Cross will award the Youngs a special gift for volunteering with them for 67 years.