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RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Tragedy brought them together and love prevailed

By Kimberly Dishongh

This article was published September 10, 2017 at 4:29 a.m.

Bob Myrick and Betty Russell married on Aug. 7, 1999. Both had lost spouses recently and neither thought they would marry again, until they fell in love. “It’s just a God thing,” Bob says. “God just put her there, and she called me one night and asked me if I wanted to come to dinner.”

The first time I saw my future spouse:

She says: “I was impressed with how kindly he treated his wife.”

He says: “I said, ‘There is a godly woman.’ She was leading the children’s choir.

On our wedding day:

She says: “A friend of mine came over and spent the night before with me. She and I went to my hairdresser together, and she helped my hairdresser fix my hair very pretty. And then just to see Bob standing there at the altar waiting for me when I came down the aisle, just smiling as big as he could smile — I knew he was happy.”

He says: “When she turned the corner and started down the aisle and I was standing on the stage waiting for her, I just thought she was beautiful.”

My advice for a lasting marriage is:

She says: “You need to pray long and hard about whether this really is the person that God has led you to, and then you need to put them first in your relationship. Your spouse comes first.”

He says: “[I] get up every morning and try to give her 110 percent of my life. And then if she does the same thing we’ve got it made. A lot of marriages are like, ‘Hey, it’s 50/50,’ and God didn’t design it that way.”

Bob and Betty Myrick recently celebrated their 18th anniversary. They served in Ecuador as missionaries, helping start two churches, and now they live...

Betty Russell's first impression of Bob Myrick was what a thoughtful husband he was.

The first time I saw my future spouse:

She says: “I was impressed with how kindly he treated his wife.”

He says: “I said, ‘There is a godly woman.’ She was leading the children’s choir.

On our wedding day:

She says: “A friend of mine came over and spent the night before with me. She and I went to my hairdresser together, and she helped my hairdresser fix my hair very pretty. And then just to see Bob standing there at the altar waiting for me when I came down the aisle, just smiling as big as he could smile — I knew he was happy.”

He says: “When she turned the corner and started down the aisle and I was standing on the stage waiting for her, I just thought she was beautiful.”

My advice for a lasting marriage is:

She says: “You need to pray long and hard about whether this really is the person that God has led you to, and then you need to put them first in your relationship. Your spouse comes first.”

He says: “[I] get up every morning and try to give her 110 percent of my life. And then if she does the same thing we’ve got it made. A lot of marriages are like, ‘Hey, it’s 50/50,’ and God didn’t design it that way.”

Bob and Betty Myrick recently celebrated their 18th anniversary. They served in Ecuador as missionaries, helping start two churches, and now they live...

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