Couple faces struggle with love and renewed commitment

COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – It was a special day for a Columbiana couple married for almost 50 years. They renewed their vows Sunday afternoon and finally had the church wedding they never had.

Andrew and Barb Kidd’s home is full of love, four generations of it and lots of laughter. Barb’s four children, 13 grandchildren and great-grandchildren are the lights of her life. And her husband Andrew, her soul mate, still remembers their first date.

“We had Coke, didn’t do a whole lot. We came back where she was babysitting that night. I tried to get her to dance,” Andrew said.

The couple is a few months shy of their 50th wedding anniversary, and Barb is battling cancer. Hospice stepped in and allowed the couple to have the wedding they always wanted.

“The cancer has come to its end, but that is okay. We have a bigger man upstairs that is going to help take care of the rest of the way,” Barb said

Barb doesn’t know how much time she has left, but has been determined to celebrate her 50th anniversary. The family had to cancel three times because of her health, but this time everything came through.

Surrounded by her grandchildren, it was the wedding day craziness you’d expect, but everyone made sure the guests of honor were taken care of. For daughter Gail Garrod Sunday was about honoring her parents.

“They showed us through difficult times that it is important to stay together,” said Garrod.

That’s what Andrew and Barb have done. And now through this last struggle, they remain side by side.

“Today is our day. I’m being married in my church. Praise God,” Barb said.

Barb says she wouldn’t trade the last 50 years for anything, all those decades full of joy and tears with the love of her life by her side.

“That paper you signed means a lot. It is forgiveness every day,” Andrew said.

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