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Love conquers all - even in your eighties

David Clarke and Joan Baadjies

David Clarke and Joan Baadjies

Published Oct 12, 2021

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CAPE TOWN - It is never too late to cement your love with wedding vows - this as two Capetonians in their eighties have decided to tie the knot with the big day planned for December 16.

Joan Baatjies, 87, and David Clarke, 84, were interviewed by HeartFM's Aden Thomas on Tuesday, where they shared their love story.

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Clarke said: “I met Joan, through my sister who had turned 89, I met her at my sister's birthday celebration. She befriended my sister for quite a long time and had wanted to visit but had no means of transport from Plumstead to Fish Hoek that's where I came in, so I volunteered to take her.

He added that he had been praying about this for a while, as his wife had recently passed on.

“I was actually meditating one morning on the creation story and it was as if God was stopping me at chapter two verse 18 where it said it wasn't good for man to be alone and I wondered about that. It wasn't very pleasant for me when my wife passed, it seemed like an answer to prayer when Joan stepped into my life. She was alone, I was alone, it seemed as though God had brought us together. It just developed from there.”

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Baatjies said she was very excited to have met him.

“I lost my husband 12 years ago, I was not looking for anybody. It just happened. I think I was over excited to meet him and he just fell in line and I liked it and I just went along with it.

I've got a wonderful family, when they saw us together, they said mom we are happy for you. We see uncle David makes you happy, how he opens the door for you, just those special things he does for you. It makes you happy.”

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She added that she still felt like she was 16 and still pursued many of her passions like swimming.

“I just love him to bits. We spend a lot of time together.”

They said the wedding was coming together slowly and they were hoping and praying things would fall into place.

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