VA Butler Healthcare
VA BUTLER HELPS VETERAN AND WIFE CELEBRATE THEIR 60TH ANNVERSARY
June 24, 2010
Â (BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA) â€“ Â Â Many of us do not get to celebrate certain milestones in our lives, but 60 years of marriage â€“ to the same person â€“ is a milestone that needs to be celebrated and applauded.Â Â Â From the moment Peg Dumbaugh exited the elevator today and saw her husband, Wilbur â€“ a hospice resident at VA Butler Healthcare - it was plain to see the love and devotion that has endured between them for 60 years.Â Not wasting a moment, Peg immediately greeted her husband with â€śHappy Anniversary honey!â€ť and a kiss. Â Â
To help the couple celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss, VA Butler hosted a special lunch for Wilbur and his wife, complete with music, balloons and a special wedding cake.Â â€śThis is a once in a lifetime moment and we wanted to make today special for them,â€ť comments Barb Taylor, Recreation Therapy Specialist for VA Butler Healthcare.Â The coupleâ€™s daughter provided roses and an anonymous resident donated a flower basket to the celebration.
Peg and Wilbur met at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and it â€śwas love at second sightâ€ť commented Wilbur.Â â€śPeg was dating my roommate at the time and when that didnâ€™t work out, I asked him if he would mind if I could date her and weâ€™ve been together since.â€ťÂ A year after Wilbur graduated college, he and Peg were married on June 24, 1950, at the Wilson Presbyterian Church in Clairton, Pennsylvania. â€śWe didnâ€™t repeat our vows from the priest, we memorized them and I can still recite them todayâ€ť replied Peg.
For 70 years, Wilbur worked for and then managed the family business, Dumbaugh Electric, in Butler.Â Â Wilbur took time away from the business to serve in the Army-Air Forces 5th Command for almost 2 years.Â Peg worked as a teacher, and then in 1982, left teaching to become a free lance journalist for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.Â Â Â
When asked what their secret was to a long and happy marriage, Wilbur immediately said â€śI donâ€™t talk much.â€ťÂ Â He then added that itâ€™s also best to just say â€śyes dear.â€ť
Peg offered a different point of view stating that the secret to their happy marriage is that they enjoyed each otherâ€™s activities and genuinely enjoyed being with each other.Â â€śIn my generation, when you got married it was a commitment, we took it seriously. Not the same for some of todayâ€™s couples. Also, if you want to have a long and happy marriage, you have to have a sense of humor and be able to laugh at each other.â€ť
Â VA Butler Healthcare, located on a scenic wooded 88-acre campus in the heart of Butler County, Pennsylvania, is the provider of choice for over 17,000 Veterans throughout Western Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio.Â VA Butler, a member of VA Healthcare-VISN 4, Â provides primary care, specialty care, mental health and social support services to Veterans at its main campus and serves a rural Veteran population through community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in Armstrong County, southern Butler County (Cranberry Township), Clarion County, Lawrence County, and Mercer County. Â VA Butler Healthcare has over 6OO employees and volunteers dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of Americaâ€™s heroes, now and in the future.Â For more information about VA Butler Healthcare, and links to special programs and initiatives, interested persons can log ontoÂ http://www.butler.va.govâ€ť.Â Â Media queries and requests should be directed to David Virag at (724)-285-2576 orÂ David.Virag@va.gov.