Slow and steady wins the race for love

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Some­times love strikes like a light­ning bolt, set­ting the world on fire. Some­times it is a slow burn­ing flame with em­bers that glow for months and even years. That was the case for Bar­rie and Jan­ice Hoover.

Jan­ice is a South­ern Belle, orig­i­nally from near the Del Bonita border cross­ing. She struck out as a young woman and was study­ing Home Eco­nomics at the Univer­sity of Al- berta when she met her match.

“We met in Ed­mon­ton when I was in univer­sity. He was up to visit his sis­ter for the week­end,” re­calls Jan­ice. “He swept me off my feet.”

While sparks flew, Jan­ice had some reser­va­tions, and ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions.

“We didn’t move too fast be­cause I didn’t want to marry a farmer,” she chuck­les.

He con­tin­ued to come and visit when she was study­ing.

Af­ter she grad­u­ated, she be­gan her pro­fes­sional life and spent much of her time work­ing as a di­eti­cian in hos­pi­tals. Her ca­reer took her to Al­berta and Win­nipeg. She says they con­tin­ued to date “a bit.”

About 20 years later, her path brought her back to Ed­mon­ton, and they con­tin­ued to see each other.

“It was now or never,” she laughs. We were wiser when we were mar­ried.” You never know what is go­ing to work for a cou­ple, but this worked for Bar­rie and Jan­ice. They have now en­joyed 22 years of mar­i­tal bliss and raised two chil­dren, Michelle and Wil­liam. They have been very in­volved in the com­mu­nity through 4-H and many other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“Fam­ily and com­mu­nity are the com­mon­al­i­ties we both had,” she said. As for liv­ing on a farm? “The big­gest fear was that you are tied to the an­i­mals and the land, and that is true, but now that I am older and wiser, coun­try liv­ing has cer­tainly had lots of great ad­van­tages,” she said.

When asked for the se­cret, her an­swer is sim­ple: “Give and take.”

“When I lis­ten to other ladies, I think I won the jack­pot!”

Jan­ice and Bar­rie Hoover of Delia are cel­e­brat­ing 22 years of mar­riage. sub­mit­ted

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