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

— 2012 was shaping up to be a terrible year for Cecil Goodrum, 50. His sister had been killed by a drunken driver in a car crash. His frail mother died when she heard the news. Goodrum was diagnosed with cancer, underwent treatment and faced spending his Christmas and New Year's holidays recovering at Grace Living Center in Del City.

When life seemed as if it just couldn't get worse for Goodrum, fate dealt him an unexpected hand: He found the love of his life.

Now married to his best friend, Goodrum looks forward to 2013 as a year to build a new life with his new wife.

Along came Polly

Goodrum never expected to find love in such a hopeless state of mind. The lifelong bachelor had pretty much given up on love long ago.

“I'm a Christian and I prayed to God that he'd bring the right person to my life,” Goodrum said. “But I'll be honest, I really gave up on life when I found out about my mom and the cancer and all that. I was ready just to lay down.”

But the moment he saw Polly McClung, 58, he said he found himself grappling with feelings he'd never experienced before.

“They say when you find that right person you'll know it,” he said. “I just knew it.”

Polly, who has since changed her last name to Goodrum, was admitted to Grace Living Center in October to recover from a broken ankle. The two immediately struck up a friendship, becoming best friends. They'd spend time together playing games, dining together and sharing long talks in the center's garden.

The couple knew that they'd found something very special in each other, and it seemed natural for the two to become engaged.