That July evening in 1981, Dee Dee Hunter was in her new apartment watching television coverage of the Hyatt Regency skywalk disaster when the phone rang.
“Is Patti there?” a man asked.
“You must have the wrong number.”
The man, Mark Brewer, 22, kept talking. He was very personable, and the two talked for 20 minutes. When Dee Dee, 24, said she had to go, Mark asked, “May I call you later this evening?”
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She agreed, and late that night he called again. They had another interesting conversation, finding they had much in common.
“Why don’t we meet sometime?” Mark asked. “How about right now?”
“How do I know you’re not some kind of a lunatic?” Dee Dee said.
“Don’t worry,” Mark said, and persuaded her to let him come over.
They met on her front porch, where they drank coffee and talked until the sun came up.
Dee Dee: “Mark was really cute and so funny.”
Mark: “Dee Dee was elegant, with long hair and a great smile. I was very attracted to her and thought she had a sparkle.”
The unfolding: Neither was interested in a committed relationship, so they initially hung out as friends. They loved going to sporting events and were most often in a group. Whenever they were together, they had fun.
Gradually they began to date. The more time they spent together, the more loving and connected they felt. One day in 1983, Mark said, “What do you think about being together long-term?” Dee Dee liked the idea. They were married in July 1984 in Kansas City.
Favorite shared activities: They enjoy traveling, playing golf and going to concerts. Dee Dee is a singer and occasionally performs.
Careers and family: They live in Gladstone. Dee Dee is an elementary school music teacher in the North Kansas City district. Mark works in customer service for Pella Windows & Doors. They have three grown children and one grandchild.
What keeps their relationship strong: They believe they’re truly soulmates, and they never take each other for granted. Whenever they part, they say, “I love you.” They make decisions together and think their dedication to strong communication has helped them grow as a couple.
The qualities they most appreciate in each other:
Dee Dee: “I appreciate Mark’s strong work ethic and his faith. I love his sense of humor. He keeps me laughing every day.”
Mark: “Dee Dee is patient, passionate and calm. She balances me and helps me keep level and cohesive.”
Deborah Shouse is a freelance writer. Suggest a Love Story couple by writing to email@example.com.