Oklahoma couple finds each other, love at living center

When things seemed they couldn't get worse, fate dealt Cecil Goodrum an unexpected hand: He found his true love.
BY Heather Warlick hwarlick@opubco.com Modified: December 28, 2012 at 4:52 pm •  Published: December 30, 2012

But planning a wedding is a challenge when you're recovering from serious health challenges. So the staff at Grace Living Center, especially Sarah Wylie, the home's director of social services and activities, stepped in and planned a wedding for the couple. They were married Nov. 30 at the center.

“This is definitely a unique situation and a very sweet one,” Wylie said in a news release. “Our Grace team enjoyed helping out, and it was a thrill for all of us to see them married and so happy.”

A new family

Cecil Goodrum now has a whole new family that approves of the marriage and especially appreciates the way he takes care of his new wife. He dotes on her, making sure she has anything she needs. Even Polly's snobby cat, who came to live with her at Grace, took an instant liking to her new husband.

“We both feel that God brought us together,” Cecil Goodrum said, his arm wrapped tightly around his wife's shoulders. “She's not only my wife now, she's my best friend. She's my everything. She's my whole life.”

Though she doesn't speak much because of a stroke, there's no mistaking the obvious joy Polly Goodrum feels when she beams at her new husband.

The Goodrums share their love story to inspire hope for the future in people who may have lost theirs.

“Never give up on love. There's always that special someone out there for everybody,” Cecil Goodrum said.