"The first 50 years were hers; these next 50 years are mine," Harry joked.
On Sunday, the Staggers' grandson, Darrell, who they adopted and raised as their son from infancy, gave Patricia away. Their granddaughter, Adara Cantley, served as one of her bridesmaids, while Adara's sister, Shanna, was Patricia's maid of honor.
"I was really happy for them," Shanna said. "Fifty years is a big accomplishment, especially nowadays. All of my friends' parents are divorced, so seeing someone be married for 50 years is really exciting."
Shanna, 19, is engaged, and she said seeing her grandparents happy after so many years has been inspiring to her.
"I told my fiancé's friends 'I'm going to be in a wedding,' and when they asked whose, I said, 'My grandparents, they're celebrating their 50th,' and they're all shocked. Everyone I've told about it was shocked," she said.
Patricia was shocked too, when, back in April, Harry popped the question again.
"I was sitting there, and he said, 'I want to ask you a question,'" Patricia said. "He said, 'Would you marry me again on our anniversary?' I made a joke out of it. I said, 'Yeah, three or four more times. You'd better believe it.' He said, 'No, I'm serious.'
"I said, 'Well, since you're serious, do you want to get up in front of the pastor some morning while we're at church and we'll take our vows over?' And he said, 'No, that's not what I want either. I want a wedding. You didn't have a decent wedding the first time. It wasn't enough,' he said, 'You've been good to me over the years, and this is my gift to you.'"
Harry said he had heard people say it was the first wedding of its kind they'd ever seen; the two exchanged rings and said "I do" all over again, and after saying their vows, they sang "I Hope We Walk the Last Mile Together," a hymn the two had heard played in the church that Patricia said was perfect for their big day.
"He always made life easy for me; he always put me in front of him," Patricia said. "We have a good life together."
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