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Long-married couple reunited after a pandemic year apart


Photo courtesy of Marilyn Mork

Elmer Mork visits his wife Patricia at Wrangell Medical Center's long-term care facility on March 11. Elmer and Pat had been separated by the COVID-19 pandemic for almost a year.

"I think it was '52 that we got married, I met her just before," Elmer Mork said about his wife Patricia. "She was the 1950 queen, Fourth of July Queen. The first one. I'm kind of lucky to find a queen."

Elmer and Patricia Mork met back in the 1950s at a dance, Elmer said. He caught her eye and said she would like to meet him, and asked him to dance. The rest is history.

"My older sister taught me how to do the jitterbug thing," he said.

Elmer, 91, and Patricia, 87, have been married about 70 years, and have spent most of their lives in Wrangell. Recently, their relationship faced the chall...

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