WUFT News

Elderly Couple Celebrates Valentine’s Day Together at Nursing Home

By on February 15th, 2014

Lionel and Victoria Phillips have been married for 42 years, but they’ve loved each other longer than that.

They met in Belize, where they were born and raised. Victoria was 6 and Lionel was 7. When Lionel was in his 20s, he moved to New York, leaving Victoria behind.

“He broke my heart when he went to New York and didn’t marry me,” said Victoria.

Lionel thought she would ask him to get married during one of their phone conversations.

Years passed. Lionel and Victoria saw other people but never forgot each other.

Years later, Victoria moved to New York. They got married in their early 40s.

Now in their 80s, they live at the Parklands Nursing Center in Gainesville.

“He is very particular about her with everything. Her clothes, her hair,” said Emma Melendez, their nurse.

They’ve lived at Parklands Nursing Center for two years. While they don’t have any children, they said they’re thankful they can call those they live with in the nursing home family.


This entry was posted in Florida and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, was arrested Thursday after he confessed to suffocating his infant son. Wygant said the child's crying was distracting him from playing Xbox.

Homosassa Man Kills Infant Son Over Xbox, Police Say

Cody Eugene Wygant has confessed to suffocating the 16-month-old, whose crying was distracting him from playing.


Jeff Groves, the owner of Williston Blueberry Farm, gives samples of his pesticide-free blueberries to customers at the Union Street Farmers Market on Wednesday in Downtown Gainesville.

Organic Farming Sustains Popularity Despite High Costs

North Central farmers are straying away from pesticide-filled, genetically engineered foods with an emphasis on organic practices. The number of organic farms has more than doubled in the past two years.


Bill Would Allow University Foundations to Discuss Research in Private

House Bill 115 passed Thursday with a vote of 83-33. The bill proposes the creation of secret meetings, which would be exempt from public records laws, when universities foundations discuss research proposals and money.


Visual for the “Staying Alive on I-75” campaign

Spreading Distracted Driving Awareness In Florida And Beyond

Distracted driving was the focus of a recent Interstate 75 campaign. Nationwide efforts are also being made to address this issue.


Photos from former Florida Governor Reubin Askew's visit to the University of Florida's  Bob Graham Center for Public Service on Nov. 14, 2011.

Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew Dies At 85

Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, recognized for bringing transparency to Florida politics, died Thursday morning.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments