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Couple marks 65 years with annual trip to NuWay

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at 7:07 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at 8:02 p.m.

What’s the recipe for a marriage that spans 65 years?

A bunch of love. A splash of laughter. Having things in common.

And for Roger and Carolyn Stubbs, a yearly trip to NuWay for burgers and chocolate malts also helps sweeten the mix.

The Arizona couple laughed with one another Wednesday afternoon as they marked their 65th wedding anniversary in the same way they met: at Wichita’s NuWay Cafe, 1416 W. Douglas.

It was 1946 when Carolyn Cruse, then a young, dark-haired beauty, caught the eye of Roger Stubbs. A few times, she had seen a 1923 Model T puttering around the campus of the University of Wichita, where both were students.

Finally, she noticed Roger, the car’s dapper young driver.

“I guess he noticed I was noticing,” Carolyn chuckled Wednesday as she sipped root beer.

That January day they officially met at NuWay, she was on a date with one of Roger’s old North High School classmates. The man refused to facilitate an introduction. But that didn’t stop Roger from saying hello.

“He said, ‘Well, my name’s Roger Stubbs.’ And he held out his hand,” Carolyn said.

“The next night he called me. And the rest is history.”

“I just knew she was somebody I wanted to know,” Roger said, smiling at his bride. She blushed and smoothed strands of her silvery hair.

“You were very attractive.”

On Wednesday, a framed wedding photo taken on Oct. 30, 1948, sat before Roger and Carolyn as they chatted with 11 family members and friends who gathered at the restaurant to celebrate their 65 years.

The couple returns annually to Wichita from their home in Green Valley, Ariz. Both are 87 now.

They always eat at NuWay. It’s about both food and love.

“It’s just something we have to do,” Carolyn said.

“As long as the good Lord let’s us come, we’ll be here.”

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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