Picture Perfect: William & Gladys Completed Each Other


William was working to move on from the passing of his first wife six years earlier, and what he was trying wasn’t working. The 68-year-old Iowan told CatholicMatch that “I wasn’t going to support groups but that wasn’t doing it. My wife wasn’t coming back and I was looking for someone to talk to.” His daughter suggested CatholicMatch and he was amenable.

Gladys had also been widowed for six years and also got the suggestion for CatholicMatch from a daughter. Sixty nine years old and living in Oklahoma, she found inspiration from an image she owned which was built around the saying “Life Isn’t About Avoiding The Storm—It’s About Learning To Dance In The Rain.” The one thing she was missing was the caption for the photo.

Neither one was looking for a long-distance relationship. In fact, even when they connected online, neither had any thought of ending up together. William candidly told Gladys that if she lived closer he’d be on her doorstep. But the 400 miles that separated them was a big chasm.

Over the course of a Saturday and Sunday they began an e-mail exchange, with each replying about every 15-20 minutes. That led to a phone conversation for a couple more hours. “By the time it was over I was thinking that maybe 400 miles wasn’t so far after all,” William recalled. And one other thing came out over this weekend—William had on his wall, the caption for the image that was incomplete for Gladys.

Gladys hadn’t been looking for long-distance any more than William had, but she was looking for a man of faith. And William shared more than her Catholic faith, he shared her commitment to the daily prayer of the rosary and the chaplet of Divine Mercy.

So when he got in his truck and made the drive to Oklahoma, they had a strong foundation to share a good weekend together. “She was exactly how she presented herself,” William said. “If she hadn’t, I’d have turned around and come home.” As it was, they made plans to meet again in three weeks.

On the ensuing trip, they went to a nearby park so they could sit by the lake. In recounting the evening, both laughed over William’s parking of the truck in the middle of the road and being corrected by a ranger, who gently pointed out they were the only ones in the park and there was room to park elsewhere. But once the evening got underway they not only enjoyed the beauty of nature, but William proposed marriage and Gladys accepted.

This past April they were married and are settling into their lives together. Currently they spent a lot of time traveling back and forth. They plan to keep Gladys’ home in Oklahoma and are in the process of building a new house in Iowa that will be their permanent residence. With a combined seven children (four on William’s side, three for Gladys) there’s plenty to keep them busy.

“Gladys has filled my heart with sunshine,” William told CatholicMatch. Gladys got the caption that completed her image—and she got much more.



  1. Vhie-763540 April 13, 2015 Reply

    Wow! Another made in heaven love story! Love can really move mountains. Congratulations.

  2. Elizabeth-1133759 November 6, 2014 Reply

    It’s really amazing..it’s really an encouraging love story..that we have to hold on to our faith..In his time our day will come!!!

  3. Michael-287157 October 13, 2012 Reply

    I enjoy hearing about couples in there golden years finding that person that fills there heart with joy & who want to be together.I continue to hope & pray that my day will come & I will share with you my happy ending.

  4. Arlene-644770 September 18, 2012 Reply

    Enjoyed hearing someone in the older age bracket were able to connect and become a couple, tho distance was their problem, they both were able to work a plan to get together and able to meet in person . This is using faith, and communication on both parties, a distance romance can be worked out., and a future ahead for both of them, I wish them a longlife and keeping the faith in their relationship will bring them happiness forever.

  5. Catherine-816366 August 31, 2012 Reply

    congratulations. I like the story it is encouraging . May the Lord who is never outdone bless you.

    • Bill G. September 11, 2012 Reply

      Thank you, May God bless you,

  6. Mercy-794463 August 12, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! Loved the story so much…its beautiful and encouraging
    Many blessings and
    “May the Lord’s abundant grace abides to you both”!!!

    • Bill G. September 11, 2012 Reply

      Thank you. We are glad that you found our story beautiful and encouraging. May God bless you.

  7. Anne-702606 August 11, 2012 Reply

    It is a beautiful story!!! it encourages each one of us who are single no distance and no age when it comes to true love. God is love and we as His children should learn the same. Congratulation both of you and your kids who were really guided by God by introducing you to Catholic Match.

    God bless you.

    • Bill G. September 11, 2012 Reply

      Thank you very much. That is the message we intended to send. There is no distance or age
      when it comes to true love. God bless you.

  8. Gloria-774222 August 11, 2012 Reply

    What a beautiful story!!!…It gives me soooo much hope!!!

    • Bill G. September 11, 2012 Reply

      Thank you, we are happy to know that it gives you hope. May God bless you.

  9. Graciela-804954 August 9, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful Love Story, Amazing how our God works, wishing lots of blessing…..

    • Bill G. September 11, 2012 Reply

      Thank you, that is how we feel it is a beautiful love story. God bless you.

  10. Rosa-870260 August 2, 2012 Reply

    Loved your beautiful story. God has worked his LOVE and were blessed by finding eachother on CM. Husband and Wife 🙂
    God Bless you both. 🙂

    • William-813521 August 3, 2012 Reply

      Thank you Rosa. We were blessed by finding each other on CM. God bless you.

  11. Kathy-730470 August 1, 2012 Reply

    I enjoyed reading your story. How nice that you both listened to your daughters, joined CM, and were blessed to find each other…….lovely. I wish you both the best in your lives together. God is good.

Post a comment