NORTH RIVER Chocolates, roses and mushy love poems are not my idea of romance. Ive never been in a heart-shaped hot tub or sipped champagne through intertwined arms like in movies. But Im no cynic. I do have a deep and abiding belief in the seemingly unlikely trinity of blind dates, soul mates and destiny.
In Watertown, N.Y. on a blustery October night in 63, Joel Beaudin and Nancy Cornwall met on a blind date. Driving home to Remson, Joel thought Nancy was too tall and too sophisticated. Nancy, a nurse in Rochester, told her mother Helen, Hes probably one of the nicest people Ive ever met, but Id never marry him!
Theres a reason Never say never! is still a thriving saying in our lexicon. Nancy and Joels relationship began to unfold slowly with movies, dinners and long talks. In each other they found the kind of comfort, familiarity and laughter one has with a best friend. As Joel left for his seasonal stint as a smoke jumper in Alaska, he thought, You outta marry that girl! Soon Nancy, now living back in her hometown of North Creek, would happily visit Joel in Alaska and then Florida, when work took him southeast. Watching the sun set over the sea in West Palm Beach, Joel shocked her by proposing marriage. Although delighted, Nancy worried their rapport was too easy so she deliberated for months.
To Joels relief her answer was a resounding Yes! As a wedding present he gave Nancy her favorite gift to date keys to his Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. They got hitched April Fools Day 1967 at the North Creek Methodist Church with Dr. Herbert Hudnut officiating. Nancy wore a lace veil made by friend and fellow Ordway Pond Road resident Mary Ellis. Their reception at the Sitn Bull Ranch in Warrensburg was the greatest party of our lives, but they left early to honeymoon in Burlington, Vermont.