Two Gastonia, N.C., nursing home residents who sneaked off to South Carolina to be married have decided to leave the home and live together.
Arnold Beck, 82, and Isabelle Summit Beck, 73, were married Aug. 31 in York, S.C. It was her second marriage and his fourth.They honeymooned in a borrowed cottage in Bessemer City but returned to their separate rooms at the nursing home.
Beck moved into a single room in South Haven nursing home in 1987 with his ailing third wife. She died shortly afterward. Mrs. Summit, who had been married 45 years to preacher Max Summit, was a widow when she moved to South Haven in 1988.
"I thought she'd be the last woman I ever hooked up with," Beck said. "But she threw a lasso of love around me. I didn't love her at first. It just fell over me."
A lifelong gospel singer, Mrs. Summit joined with Beck one night as he sang, "No, Never Alone."
Without even silverware, they're readying to move into an apartment by the end of November. Family members are scrambling to help.