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“Once you get to be older than dirt, you’re not going to bop off to the local gin mill,” Fleming said.
Then he contacted a woman named Marky Thorsness in early 2012. She lived on a ranch outside of Durango, Colo., where she grew hay and gardened.
The two corresponded via email, and when Joan, who lived in Sacramento, traveled to the San Diego area for a business conference, they decided to meet in person for the first time.
Over lunch, she complimented Richard on his “beautiful” blue eyes and he took her — a jewelry enthusiast — to a bead store. Richard paused for a moment then said, “Yes, I do believe it is.” The couple, who now live in Coronado, were married in 2010 after a 15-month long distance relationship.
Both had lost their spouses suddenly several years earlier.
Joan hadn’t dated much after her husband died in 2003.