"I avoided him for one month," she said.
She stopped avoiding him on Valentine's Day — in hopes of getting rid of him.
"He kept calling and I thought if I answered he'd go away," she said.
The two plan to celebrate their 50th anniversary Sept. 22.
Their families had a change of heart as well.
"Later on, when they saw we were going to stay together, it wasn't even spoken of any more," she said.