Undying love

May 7, 2013

Bessie and Robert Burton sit in their Issaquah home, a day after they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary April 24.  By Christina Corrales-Toy

Bessie and Robert Burton sit in their Issaquah home, a day after they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary April 24.
By Christina Corrales-Toy

Longtime Issaquah resident Bessie Burton clearly remembers the day she first laid eyes on her future husband of 60 years, Robert.

She was standing on a street corner in Deer Lodge, Mont., just before her shift at a local restaurant began, when a slick yellow car caught her eye.

“Robert drove by in a 1949 Ford convertible with the lid down and I emphatically asked, ‘Who is that?’” she said. “I saw him and that was it.”

The courtship did not start immediately, since Bessie worked nights, making it difficult to form a relationship. During that time, Robert dated other girls and visited other restaurants, Bessie said.

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