In the early ’60s, Janice Rude and Prentiss Wilson met at Occidental College. The pair happened to meet in the dining hall because that’s where Janice was working part time to help pay her way through college. Prentiss liked Janice. He kept coming back for breakfast, and that led to something else. They fell for each other.
Janice and Prentiss were so in love that they decided to marry. They even announced their engagement in the local newspaper. However, Janice’s father did not approve and told her to either leave Prentiss or stop receiving her financial support.
Both she and Prentiss were devastated, but earning a degree meant everything to Janice. She said, “It wasn’t going to work for me. I had to get a college degree.”
She had no choice! To keep family ties and dreams intact, Janice broke up with Prentiss.
Though they went their separate ways, the pair never forgot each other. Both got married to other people but later divorced. Prentiss became a tax attorney based in San Francisco while Janice ran a successful business in Seattle.
Almost 50 years after they lost touch, Prentiss’s mother died. While sorting her things, Prentiss found something he never expected to see again in his mother’s things.
“[There] was our engagement announcement among her papers—and she held onto it all that time,” Prentiss said.
What’s even crazier is the fact that Janice’s mother had done the same thing. Even though neither of these women had met before, they both had a similar feeling that told them to keep those clippings.
“The signs were that we were supposed to be together,” Janice said.
The shocking discovery led Janice and Prentiss to finally meet up again. They had brunch together, and they could tell right away that they were still meant to be together.
Now that there was nothing to keep them apart, they were no longer under the control of their parents. They decided to get married–even if it ended up happening later than they had originally planned.