The Story of Brooks + Rena
|1951: Brooks and Rena, shortly after their wedding|
My husband's paternal grandparents, Brooks and Rena, have now been married for 62 years. One of my favorite stories that Brooks tells is the one of how he and Rena got together.
Webster Springs, WV, 1948:
Brooks is the player farthest to the right
Brooks walked her home that night, and they began dating shortly after.
Hamline Chapel United Methodist
Church, where Brooks and Rena
"We went to the courthouse, the courthouse issued the license, and they called the Methodist church’s minister. The minister’s wife and the janitor stood up for us, and we were married!" Brooks said, laughing.
When asked why they got married for quickly, Rena shook her head.
"Dumb, dumb," Rena said. "I didn't think I was going to college, and there was a whole bunch of us that got married that year, other girls that I went to school with. But not a one of them that got married that year got divorced, they all stayed married."