BROTHERSVALLEY TOWNSHIP — Joe and Darla Delancy had a Romeo and Juliet romance with a much happier ending.
But their unpretentious manner does not allude to the glamorous life of two star-crossed lovers.
"We're Joe and Darla, and we're plain as anything," Darla Delancy said in introduction from their living room.
Every flat surface of the living room is covered with photos, from images of family and friends to religious heroes like Billy Graham.
But outside is where they prefer to live.
Joe, a semi-retired rancher, and Darla, a singer who never plans to retire, met on a blind date 50 years ago. Both sets of parents disapproved of the relationship from the beginning.
Joe was born in New Baltimore. Darla was born into the Meyers family in Meyersdale.
"Neither family thought it was good enough for the other," Darla said.
She said she did not have an explanation for either family's disapproval. She thought the parents had other spouses in mind for their children.
At that time, it was illegal to marry under age 21 in Pennsylvania without parental permission. Darla was 19 and Joe was 20. The two eloped in Maryland eight months after the blind date.