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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 11A Daryl Turner, in 1965, holds up the bat as a player for Quincy High School's baseball team. Photo courtesy Quincy High School Daryl Turner and Vera McCurry get cozy on the front porch of their new house in Quincy last week. The two fell in love as sophomores at Quincy High School back in 1965, but lost touch after McCurry had to move away. Forty-nine years later, the two reconnected, fell in love again, and are planning the rest of their lives back in their home town. Photo by James Wilson Vera McCurry shows her school spirit as a Quincy High School cheerleader in 1965. Photo courtesy Quincy High School High school sweq.00thearts reconnect after 49 years James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com Daryi eventually made a life for himself up in Oregon. He married, had children and eventually retired there. After retirement, Daryl was diagnosed with a heart condition; and he and his wife moved to Fall River Mills. Meanwhile, Vera bounced around the state with her husband, living in one town or another. On Vera's 50th birthday, she received a call. "I never knew what happened to (Daryl), then on my 50th birthday, in Cottonwood, he called me on the phone," Vera explained. "He wanted to say hello to me and see how I was after all these years." Vera's husband wasn't too "When we met in Quincy, we were like kindred spirits. We had a connection that was always there." Vera McCurn/ "I've been thinking about her all my life. I've always thought about her." Daryl Turner Portola High School• Daryl invited her to swing by his fifth wheel before the reunion. to visit. I knocked on the door to his fifth wheel and he answered. We gave each other a big hug and kiss, and that understanding of her desire to "We drove up July 31," said was it. We've been together " " r re˘oxl_withanoldflam_e Vera. Myslste ,my .... ever since." however. ................ 5rother-in-lawand I swung by Vera came back up to "We said we would stay in touch, but my ex-husband wasn't very understanding," explained Vera. "So I told Daryl I couldn't stay in touch with him." Many more years passed and the two never saw or heard from each other. Vera divorced her husband, and Daryl's wife died of ovarian cancer. Both thought the chapter in their lives involving each other had ended. Then this last summer, Daryl was on the Quincy Peeps Facebook page, and Vera's picture popped up. Daryl sent her a message. "I said to him, 'Are you still there?'" Vera recalled her response. "I thought because of his heart condition, he was gone. He said, 'Of course I'm still here.' I sent him a message saying, well, I look forward to seeing you again." Daryl planned to vacation in Quincy in his fifth wheel for a month, while Vera planned to attend a reunion in Portola with her sister for anyone who had ever gone to • It was a love story 49 years in the making. Daryl Turner and Vera McCurry were seemingly the perfect couple at Quincy High School back in 1965, but their young relationship came to end when Vera moved away• The two went on to lead separate lives -- marrying and having children. It wasn't until this summer that the two saw each other once again, and decided to give it another shot. Two weeks ago, the couple moved back to Quincy, the place they originally fell in love, proving there is such a thing as "happily ever after/.' .......... In 1965 Daryl and Vera were sophomores at Quincy High School• Vera was relatively new to the school, having moved between Portola and Oroville before Quincy• The two found out they shared the same birthday and formed an instant connection. From there, they fell in love. "When we met in Quincy, we were like kindred spirits," Vera elaborated. "We had a connection that was always there•" Midway through the school year, Daryl and Vera's love affair was cut short. Vera's stepfather got a job in Chico, and uprooted the family once again• "I was devastated when my mother made us move," Vera said. "And I'm pretty sure Daryl was heartbroken." The two moved on with their lives in separate directions• Half a year later, Vera's family moved to Walnut Creek, where she graduated high school and met her future husband• Daryl moved to Chico for college, but by that time Vera was already gone. SHOP -----'BAR B ER GEORGE A. SCHEUcHENZUBEER III MICHAEL R, ANDEReON "If the barber pole is spinning, we're open" NOW OPEN 6 BAYS A WEEK! Michael's Hours: Men-Wed • 9-5 George's Hours: Thurs & Fri • 9-5 Sat • 8-2 Hair Cuts & Hot Shaves 283-2344 Thursday-MondayOPEN at 5pm DALLY SPECIALS Tuesdays & WednesdaysCLOSED Book Your Holiday Parties Now! 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