Three Stories of Lasting Love

The Village at Legacy Pointe Retirement CommunityCourtesy of Watermark Communities/VillageLegacyPointe:

What makes a marriage last? Three couples at The Village at Legacy Pointe share their insights based on decades of experience.

Jerry and Judi Bowlsby were hunting for night crawlers in Greenwood Park when Jerry proposed.

The couple met in February, 1964 and were married in June of that year. Four months may seem quick to some, but their marriage is going strong after 52 years.


“Every night, tell her you love her and give her a kiss good night,” is the advice Jerry gives for making love last.


Merlin and Darlene Peter dated for four years before Darlene asked Merlin to marry her. “After four years, we were too lazy to look for anyone else,” said Darlene.

The couple’s sense of humor is apparent, which may have played an important role in their 61-year marriage.

But if you ask Darlene, the key is to let your wife win the arguments, then do as you please. That wasn’t the only advice she shared, “You can marry more money in five minutes than you can make in a lifetime.”


Palmer Hansen seized a romantic moment when he proposed to his wife of 62 years Doris “Bonnie” Hansen.

The couple had just attended a dance at the Starlight Ballroom on October 31, 1954.

Perhaps it’s that kind of thoughtfulness that has led to such success.

“Always be kind and helpful to one another,” suggests Bonnie. “End each day with a happy thought.”

All are welcome to visit The Village at Legacy Pointe, 1650 SE Holiday Crest Circle, in Waukee to see more love stories featured on their sweetheart board in the Town Center by the Front Desk.

For more information contact The Village at Legacy Pointe at 515-987-4100 or visit

Media Contacts:
Amy Barth, Executive Director
The Village at Legacy Pointe

Katelin Schwarck
Hanser & Associates (for Watermark Retirement Communities)
Office 515-224-1086 / Direct 515-421-4136

About The Village at Legacy Pointe Retirement Community of Waukee
Located at 1650 SE Holiday Crest Circle, The Village at Legacy Pointe retirement community of Waukee serves up to 186 residents, with levels of care including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Rehabilitation/Skilled Nursing. Watermark Retirement Communities Inc., one of America’s leading operators of senior living communities, owns and manages The Village at Legacy Pointe. Amy Barth is the Executive Director of the community. For more information, visit or call 515-987-4100.

About Watermark Retirement Communities Inc. 
Watermark Retirement Communities Inc. is the nation’s 16th largest senior housing operator. Watermark’s commitment to creating extraordinary communities where people thrive dates back 30 years to when it opened its first retirement community in 1987. Watermark manages