Couple Say "I do!" at Senior Care Center-Brunswick

couple hold handsEveryone knows that April showers bring May flowers for June weddings. But, alas, many weddings have been on hold during the last eighteen months while the world struggled with a pandemic. But despite social distancing and mask requirements, team members and residents of the Southeast Georgia Health System Senior Care Center-Brunswick can attest that COVID-19 hasn’t stopped love from blossoming.

As proof that love is stronger than a pandemic, Senior Care Center-Brunswick residents Joyce Marie Wells, 65, of Brunswick, Georgia, and James Rodney Screws, 60, of Glenwood, Georgia, recently exchanged wedding vows.

The couple met while living at the Senior Care Center-Brunswick for long term care. Both are very social with their peers and enjoy spending time in the Harborside unit’s common area. As months passed, the pair realized that it wasn’t just spending time in the common area that brought them joy, but rather, the time spent talking with one another.

After countless days enjoying each other’s company, Screws decided to take their relationship to the next level and, while sitting at the Harborside table where they first met, surprised Wells with a beautiful ring and heartfelt request to marry him.

“Of course I accepted his proposal,” said Wells. “I’ve waited my whole life for him.”

Wells and Screws exchanged vows during an outdoor wedding ceremony on Friday, June 11, 2021, at the Senior Care Center-Brunswick. With everyone vaccinated and masked, they were thrilled to have a small gathering of their friends, families and caregivers in attendance.

Having found a second chance at love, the couple anticipate a happy life together ahead of them. Both enjoy listening to music, watching TV, going to Bible study and attending activities together, and most of all, spending time talking at their favorite Harborside table. In a world filled with uncertainty, one thing is constant: the capacity for love to find a way.