Couple’s first dance a ‘family’ affairApril 16, 2018
By ALLEN LAMAN
JASPER — Kendall (Humbert) Renner and her husband, Clint, spent some of the first moments of their marriage together surrounded by thousands of years of age and wisdom on Saturday.
After they were hitched at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Dubois, they elected to make a pit stop before arriving at the reception at the St. Anthony Community Center. Kendall has worked at the St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper for six years — she is currently a nurse at the facility — and knew she needed to see the residents on her big day.
“Whenever you picture your wedding day, you’re surrounded by all your friends, all your family,” Kendall said. “And whenever you work in a place like this — for so long especially — these people are your family. You’re not going to get married without having them with you.”
About 40 seniors gathered in the health center dining hall to welcome the newlywed couple. Upon the Renners’ arrival, Kendall greeted attendees with smiles, hugs and thanks. The elders lauded her beauty and congratulated her sincerely. Kendall makes a difference in their lives daily, and the excitement and joy the residents felt for her Saturday afternoon was visible. Jerry Blount, an 80-year-old resident, arrived with tears in his eyes that fell throughout the Renners’ visit.
Kendall and Clint shared their first dance in a gathering room at the facility, ate a piece of cake, toasted with those in attendance, and then headed out.
Before they left, however, Sherri Byers, the location’s director of life enrichment, gifted the two a jar filled with successful marriage advice scribbled on cards by many of those in attendance.
Some were light-hearted, while others offered intimate tips to keep their love fresh for years to come.
“My advice was for her never to go to bed mad,” said Pam Kinkade, a resident who has lived at the facility for three years. “Always express love.”
Kendall and Clint met through mutual friends about four years ago. The couple lives in Dubois and will honeymoon in Negril, Jamaica.
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