published Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Timeless love: Local woman, 69, marries for first time

by Laura Galbraith

She is the epitome of the saying "age is just a number," especially when it comes to matters of love.

On Saturday, Naurice Daniels, 69, exchanged wedding vows for the first time at the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church on North Chamberlain Avenue.

"I'm so excited," said Cynthia Coleman, the daughter of the newly pronounced Mrs. James Jorden. "This is the day we've been waiting for a whole year."

Mrs. Coleman said that although it is unusual for someone to be walking down the aisle for the first time at her mother's age, she believes love can happen at any point during a person's life.

"Age has nothing to do with finding true love," she said.

Mrs. Jorden began her relationship with James L. Jorden, 73, about a year ago when she, her daughter and son-in-law visited Ryan's Steakhouse in Hixson. While there, Mrs. Jorden spotted Mr. Jorden, who she recognized as a fellow member of her church, eating by himself. She then invited him to sit with her family.

"He came over and we've been eating together ever since," she said.

Mrs. Jorden wore a champagne-colored wedding dress with a lacy, long-sleeved jacket that she purchased after many trips to David's Bridal.

Red and white artificial roses in vases sat in front of the church's several stained glass windows, and the sunlight from outside lit up the sanctuary.

Minister Rober Reed gave the Prayer of Unity shortly after the couple exchanged rings.

"I pray that this couple will come to a point in their lives, and as they look upon those rings they'll never be able to see the beginning or the ending," he said. "I pray that their love will be just like that."

The couple turned to face their wedding guests after the pronouncement and were greeted with a standing ovation and several cheers.

Mrs. Jorden and her daughter said planning the wedding had been hectic but well worth the effort.

"We had the bridal dinner (Friday) night and the final rehearsal, and it was real nice," Mrs. Coleman said. "We had a rehearsal Tuesday also, so she spent the night with me and we just started talking and having a good time."

Reception followed shortly after Saturday's ceremony at the Bessie Smith Hall downtown.

As for the honeymoon, the newlyweds have no definite plans.

"We're going to St. Louis, Missouri, I think, in August," Mr. Jorden said. "We got to get rid of some stuff (first). Old folks can't travel fast."

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