Love at Lake: Couple renews vows every year, comes back to Tahoe where it all started
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — After 50 years of marriage, Thomas Eade and his wife Ozella, recently returned to where it all started to renew their vows.
It was the summer of ‘69 when Thomas and Ozella were both working in the Harrah’s South Shore Room.
Ozella was a camera girl and Thomas was a busboy.
It wasn’t until he got promoted to waiter that she noticed him but once she did, they fell fast in love.
On Jan. 24, 1970 at 2 p.m., the two got married in the South Shore Room.
“At the time, I was always discouraged to hear people forgetting their anniversaries,” Thomas said.
So the two decided that every Jan. 24 at 2 p.m., they would renew their vows as a reminder each year of why they got married.
It started with them visiting a different state every year for the ceremony.
When Thomas got a job with Shell, and was traveling the world for work, they renewed their vows all over the Earth.
They’ve since renewed their vows in 28 states and 22 countries.
When asked where their favorite place was, Thomas hesitates for a long-time before answering.
“My wife is partial to Paris, for me, I’d have to say La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain,” Thomas said.
Although they’ve had some amazing experiences along the way, all over the world.
Thomas said they try to follow local customs in different locations.
They’ve had their vows renewed by a Navajo priest in Navajo Nation, an indigenous priest in the mountains of Peru and in Costa Rica, to follow legal obligations, they had to get divorced and remarried.
Thomas said renewing their vows every year has helped keep their love alive.
“Its something to look forward to every year,” Thomas said.
“I always say, ‘I only take the contract one year at a time,’ and my wife always says yes, she’s in it for the honeymoon, but it helps renew the commitment.”
Friends and family are coming from all over the country to join Thomas and Ozella in celebrating 50 years together, back in the room where it all started.