With Valentine’s Day approaching, attention is focused on love, so we’re sharing two stories of local couples whose love and devotion are inspiring.
Roy and Ruth Anne Glascoe
The year they graduated from high school in a small South Carolina town the Spanish Civil War was under way, a new synthetic material—nylon—was introduced and Adolf Hitler was Time magazine’s Man of the Year. The romance between Roy and Ruth Anne Glascoe, however, had started four years earlier. “Ruth Anne and I started courting in the eighth grade,” Roy recalled. After high school, Ruth Anne went to college and Roy joined the service. During WWII he was held as a prisoner of war but ultimately made it back safely. Still, they say, there’s never been anyone else for either of them.
They were married Oct. 5, 1943. They had two children Elaine and Eddie, both of whom they recently lost to illness.
Today, they live in Decatur. Ruth Anne, who taught school for several years, is a resident at Arbor Terrace, an assisted living home, and Roy lives nearby and visits her faithfully. He has visited her six out of seven days a week for the last seven years.
Sarah and Scott Piper
For one couple, the workplace has proved to be a defining aspect of their lives.
Not only did Sarah and Scott Piper meet at work at Grady Health System, but they named their first child after their workplace as well.
“Scott and I both loved working at Grady because we were surrounded by folks who were so dedicated to serving others. We want to instill those values in our son, Grady, and are hoping that he will grow up with a mindset of serving others.”
They met in 1997 when she was working as a health educator at Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital, which was part of the Grady system at that time. He worked as a writer in Public Affairs. They married in June 2001 with many of their Grady co-workers in attendance.
At different times and for different reasons, the pair left Grady to pursue other career opportunities, but they never forgot the place that brought them together. They vowed to name their first child Grady.
“It took us longer to start our family than we had hoped,” said Sarah. “At one point, we thought we would just have to name our dog Grady. But that changed on Aug. 7, 2009, when our son – Grady–was born.”
Today the Pipers work for two Atlanta area nonprofits. She is an education coordinator for the Diabetes Foundation, and he serves as communication director for the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.
They and baby Grady reside in East Atlanta.