She got stood up on a date and he stepped right in

Posted: February 4, 2018 at 2:05 a.m.

Jerry and Peggy Whatley were married on June 1, 1968, just over a year after they met on a blind date. “I’ve always kind of hung on his coattails. I tell people I’ve stayed married to him all these years just so I can see what he’s going to say or do the next day,” says Peggy.

Jerry and Peggy Whatley were married on June 1, 1968, just over a year after they met on a blind date. “I’ve always kind of hung on his coattails. I tell people I’ve stayed married to him all these years just so I can see what he’s going to say or do the next day,” says Peggy.

Peggy Compton said no to a date with her future husband in hopes of reconciling with her former beau. Her beau said no, and that was the best thing that ever happened to her.

The first time I saw my future spouse:

She says: “He was wearing slacks and a dress shirt and that was a major hit with me. Most of my dates before that had worn jeans and Western shirts. And I thought he was handsome as well — I just liked his looks.”

He says: “She was a really good-looking girl. I didn’t trust my friend — I didn’t know who he was going to set me up with because we played some pretty rough jokes on each other — but I was pleasantly surprised.”

On our wedding day:

She says: “I was as nervous as a cat in a room full of rockers.”

He says: “I was pretty much in awe of the whole thing. My dad had given me some advice — be good and don’t be a screwball. I was thinking, ‘Hey, I’ve got to make all this work financially, too. We do have to eat.’”

My advice for a long happy marriage:

She says: “Follow the rule book and that’s the Bible. That would have relieved a lot of friction in our earlier years if I had paid more attention to what my role was.”

He says: “You need to enjoy doing stuff together. We had a lot of things in common and I would say just don’t be a loner with your hobby. Don’t get a hobby that you just do by yourself.”

Peggy and Jerry Whatley only had six dates before they married. They are retired, he from engineering, teaching and farming and she from teaching — an...

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