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An 85-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Weds 26-Year-Old

March 7, 1987

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) _ An 85-year-old great-grandmother on Saturday married a 26-year-old Afrikaner born 11 years after she retired.

The couple met in mid-January when the groom, Lucas Botha, was introduced to Belfast-born Annie Best by his aunt while on holiday in the port city of Durban.

″The minute I saw her, I wanted her for my wife,″ Botha told the Sunday Times of Johannesburg last month.

The former Mrs. Best, who worked as a nurse in Durban before retiring in 1949, told the Times she was widowed 10 years ago after a 50-year marriage that resulted in two children, 10 grand-children and three great- grandchildren.

Said she of her new spouse: ″He’s the image of my late hubby - that’s why I was attracted to him.″

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