“The first time I saw her was in a sweetshop across from the school,” says Del. “My neighbor, buddy and best friend was there and I told him I was going to marry her.” At the time Del was 17 years old and Barbara was 15 years old. Del talked a good game but Barbara didn’t even see him that first time and he didn’t know her name. Del bought his Butterfinger and left and Barbara continued talking to her friend quite oblivious that anything had happened.
Del’s opportunity came just a short time later. There were three boys in the chapel the same age and the chapel had a good youth program so one of the boys asked Barbara to go to chapel with him. It was the first time Barbara had ever been in a church.
When Del finally convinced Barbara to marry him, he had to ask his mother to sign for him because he was 20 at the time and you couldn’t get married without a parent’s signature until you were 21.