CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- You never know where you're going to meet the love of your life. Lois Alexander met hers while looking out the second-story window of her parents' house.
He was perched near the top of a telephone pole.
She was 18.
On Saturday afternoon in Clarksburg, Lois is celebrating that love at the Harrison County Senior Citizens Center with a benefit concert featuring 1960s pop singer Ronnie Dove.
Dove had a string of hits through the 1960s, including "A Little Bit of Heaven" and "One Kiss For Old Time's Sake," but Lois remembers him best for a cover of rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson's "Right or Wrong."
It was her and her husband's favorite song -- but in 1958, when she first met John Alexander, the song hadn't even been written.
Lois remembered, "I had just graduated from high school. I lived in Century, in Barbour County, and my little hometown, we didn't have running water. We didn't have telephones."
One morning, while she was home, a utility truck pulled up on her street.
"It was the most exciting thing that had happened in a long time."
Lois watched the young men get out of the truck and start to work, bringing the telephone line to her neighborhood. Excited, she ran upstairs to get a better look.
One of the men looked back.
"I didn't know that he could see me," Lois said. "He waved."
Shocked, Lois ran back downstairs and told her mother. Her mother just smiled and looked out the window. She spied the utility team foreman.
She told her, "Go ask that little guy if on that boy's break if he could come in for a glass of tea."
Lois did as her mother suggested. The foreman, surprisingly, said yes and Lois was introduced to John T. Alexander. Lois called him Johnny.
"Three months later we got married," she said. "We were just instantly in love."
Johnny used to joke, "My wife never had a bath or used a telephone until she met me."
After they were married, the two got their own place in Harrison County. Johnny kept his job with Bell Atlantic, which usually meant he was away from home during the week.
Lois said, "It was a special time when he'd come home. We'd have our lovin', our fightin' and our goodbyes and that was it. Sunday night he was gone again."
Even with Johnny away so much, the pair wanted to start a family as soon as they could, but having children proved to be difficult.
"I thought I'd never have a baby," Lois said. "And I wanted to, but it just wasn't happening."
Lois miscarried five times, but they kept trying, and over the years, she gave birth to four daughters. She said she got through it with the help of her husband.
"Johnny used to say we weren't oversexed, we were just good Catholics," she laughed.