2 Iowa women got married after 72 years of being together

After more than seven decades of their relationship, years of traveling to all 50 states, all provinces of Canada, to England twice, Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes finally tied the knot in Davenport, Iowa, September 6, 2014.

Surrounded by their family and small group of friends, Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, sat next to each other during Saturday’s ceremony when they exchanged wedding vows at First Christian Church, Davenport led by Rev. Linda Hunsaker.


This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.” Rev. Hunsaker said to the people who attended the ceremony.

The two met in their hometown of Yale, Iowa, where they grew up, and moved to Davenport in 1947.

Boyack worked as teacher in Davenport at Lincoln and Grant elementary schools.

I always wanted to be a teacher,” Boyack said during the interview after the ceremony. “My plan at an early age was to teach in the school where I was then going, and my teacher would move on to another school.” She added.


Dubes worked for the Times and Democrat in payroll for 13 years. “I signed the paychecks for everybody, including Bill Wundram,” she said. After that she worked for Alter Corp. for 25 years.

Iowa began allowing gay marriage in 2009. The newly married couple say it’s never too late for a new chapter in life.


information and photo credits: Quad City Times / Thomas Geyer

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