Will you be our valentine?

Always & Forever: A story of love and loyalty

By Pat Edwards, for The Chronicle

Pat and her husband Jim

In 1987. I submitted an entry in a contest called “Always and Forever” (the name of country music legend Randy Travis’ new album) sponsored by KUGN-FM radio in Eugene. My letter was chosen as the winner and Jim and I were treated to a wonderful evening at the Hult Center, meeting and visiting with Randy Travis in person on his tour bus for about 20 minutes. At the time, he presented me with a beautiful handcrafted gold necklace with an open umbrella as its pendant. A tiny diamond raindrop dangled from one of the spines of the umbrella and I wore that necklace for years afterwards.

This was my entry.

Last week, we asked readers to submit their love stories. Check out this submission we received from Kenny & Dee Eilers.

As I saw your request for love stories, I was reminded that my wife, Dee, ’n I had already had our few minutes of married fame when the old Springfield News, in Feb, 1997, did a similar Valentine LOVE STORIES feature about four Springfield couples who’d been married for around 30 years…and, now, 26 years later, Springfield’s own newspaper is, again, doing a similar thing….I just thought ya might get a kick out of seeing that you’re not “pioneering” the Valentine idea….
Thanks again for being our “Hometown Newspaper” – Kenny and Dee Eilers.

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