Woman finally walks down aisle after 70 years
OCALA, Fla. (AP) – Seventy years after an Ocala woman became a “wartime bride,” she finally got to walk down the aisle during a wedding ceremony.
Pat and Bill Doty were high school sweethearts from Petersburg, Indiana, when they married on June 30, 1944, while he was finishing up gunnery school at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City.
On Sunday, their two sons and many of their nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren attended the ceremony at the First United Methodist Church of Ocala.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports some 60 family members and friends attended the renewal ceremony.
Eighty-nine-year-old Bill Doty, a retired Air Force Reserve major, wore his dress blue uniform. His 84-year-old bride wore a floral print dress and was escorted down the aisle by their eldest son, Bill Doty Jr.