Husband celebrates 67th wedding anniversary outside wife’s nursing home during coronavirus outbreak


VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) — Bob and Nancy Shellard, of Vernon, have been married 67 years. This year, with coronavirus spread concerns, the long-time couple had to celebrate in a unique way.

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Nancy is in a nursing home in Somers that has restricted visitors due to safety concerns over COVID-19 spread. According to the CDC, individuals over the age of 60 are most at risk from the highly-contagious virus.

“I knew I couldn’t go in to see her,” Bob said of plans to celebrate his 67th anniversary on Saturday.

The couple has never spent an anniversary apart. So, rather than let the virus win, Bob found his own way to celebrate: He stood outside of her window with balloons and a hand-made sign that read, “I’ve loved you 67 years and still do.”

“Nothing’s changed as far as how much I love her,” Bob told News 8. “And I want her to know about it. The only trouble doing it now is the fact she’s lost so much memory. She remembers me when I go up there at least.”

But Nancy remembered. With the help of a nurse, she waived from a second-floor window and blew her husband of more than six decades kisses.

“Nurses got her up close to the window so she could look down and see us all. So I put my sign up to show her.”

Their family said Nancy felt like a queen. Bob was delighted—mission accomplished.

He told News 8 he doesn’t know when he will see her next but hopes it’ll be soon.

Nancy Shellard waves to her husband from the second-floor window of her nursing home.

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