They are the second set of residents of Rand Aid’s Thembalami Care Centre to tie the knot; in November 2013 Denise and Julius Koen said ‘I do’ and having been living happily as man and wife since then.
Beautifully dressed in black and white, Edward and Heather walked down the aisle at Edward’s long-time church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bedfordview, before enjoying a reception for family and friends – including senior staff from Thembalami – at the Tarentaal village hall.
While Edward has been a Thembalami resident for over 10 years, Heather only moved in in December. “I was at breakfast one morning when she walked in, and I knew then that I was going to marry her,” says Edward.
“I said he was nuts when he asked me to marry him within a week of meeting him.” chuckles Heather. “I was not thinking of getting married again. But he persevered and we went from acquaintances to friends… soon we started loving each other.”
Both enjoy walks, movies and spending time with loves ones. Collectively, they have seven children and seven grandchildren. Heather is a very social, chatty person while Edward is not, so once again the old adage that opposites attract has been proven true.
All Edward needs now to make his life complete, he says, is an automatic tuk-tuk so that he and his new bride can enjoy little jaunts together.