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Residents Phil and Patricia Anderson celebrate 60 years of marriage

On February 2nd, Lawrence Presbyterian Manor residents Phil and Patricia Anderson celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss. What began with an unconventional “blind date” while both were students at the University of Kansas has led to decades of happiness.

“Someone wanted me to have a date with him and I didn’t really want to,” Patricia recalled. “I said I would go if he got my friend a date.”

Her friend’s date happened to be Phil Anderson.

“About midway through the evening, Phil and I just left, and we haven’t seen the other two since,” Patricia laughed.

The pair journeyed as far away as Poughkeepsie, NY before eventually returning to Lawrence.

“We just grew up together,” Patricia said. “We were 20 and 21 when we got married so we really did, quite literally, finish growing up together.”

The Andersons say choosing Lawrence Presbyterian Manor was easy since Phil’s mother had been a resident years earlier.

“We experienced it as adult children, so it was like coming home in a way,” Patricia said. “The continuum of care, which we have both now used, is so important and we knew that coming in.”

Phil’s older brother was also a resident at The Manor.

“There’s just a homey feeling and a homey atmosphere at this place that we never felt at any other place we visited,” she recalled.

Happy Anniversary to Phil and Pat Anderson!

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