In sickness and in health
Published 10:05 am Thursday, May 9, 2019
From staff reports
Carol Stevenson, 67, of Lexington, and Everett Conyers, 73, of Nicholasville, have been engaged since Thanksgiving 2018 and have been anxiously awaiting their wedding May 10. Then, something literally tripped up their plans.
Last month, Stevenson took a fall onto hardwood floors at her Lexington home and fractured her hip. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Denehy performed surgery on Stevenson at Baptist Health Lexington, and with a bit of physical rehab she should be up and about in a few weeks. But there was that matter of who was going to take care for her during recovery.
Conyers insisted it be him, but both he and Stevenson are devout Christians and felt it would be wrong to live together before being married.
That’s how the pair found themselves in the hospital’s chapel last Monday afternoon saying their vows in front of a handful of church friends and Baptist Health Lexington staff.
Their Sunday School teacher, retired Fayette Circuit Court Judge James Ishmael Jr., performed the ceremony.
Carolyn and Jim Ball, who stood up for the happy couple, were also the ones who introduced them.
“We talked all night the first night we met, so I knew he was special,” Stevenson said.
Conyers has no excuse not to remember his anniversary because April 29 is also his birthday. “Being able to marry her is the best birthday present I’ve ever received,” the groom said.
After enjoying a wedding cake supplied by the hospital’s dietary services, the newlyweds settled back into hospital routine and are awaiting Stevenson’s discharge soon.
The May 10 ceremony is still on at Church of the Savior in Nicholasville and will give Stevenson incentive while she’s rehabbing.
While it may have to be delayed, there’s also a honeymoon to look forward to.