When it’s right, you know it from the start.
That’s the way it was for Mercy co-workers Dr. Chuck and Cindy Empson when they first met 43 years ago…or was it 44 years ago? They can’t remember for sure, but the details really don’t matter. The important thing is they’ve grown a strong, lasting relationship.
This Valentine’s week, we celebrate all our Mercy married couples and share their “love stories.”
Following is the story of Dr. Empson, longtime family practice physician, and Cindy, coding/billing supervisor, who have celebrated more than four decades of marriage.
When and where did you two meet?
Cindy recalls it was 1970 or 1971 at Research Hospital and Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. Cindy was the charge nurse in the ER from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and Dr. Empson worked for a short time as an ER physician.
How did you know he/she was “the one” and decide to marry?
“Chuck and I have been married so long, I’ve forgotten,” said Cindy. “I don’t remember how I knew he was ‘the one’ or even how long we dated. I don’t think there was a formal proposal - we just seemed to know from the onset that we were going to get married.”
What was the wedding like?
“We were going to Vegas for a long weekend, and we decided that would be as good a place as any to get married,” she said.
They married Oct. 8, 1971, at Cupid’s Wedding Chapel.
“Cupid’s is still there and still marrying couples.”
How do you celebrate and nurture your relationship?
“We don’t really have any set routine for celebrating our anniversary - depends on the year and our moods,” Cindy said.
“We’ve been married 42 years, so we’ve probably disagreed or had fights about almost everything you can think of. But we’ve always managed to move on and stay together.”
What is your favorite activity to do together?
Living in the country and taking care of their animals.
Tell us about your children?
Together, Dr. Empson and Cindy have two children and three grandchildren, and Dr. Empson has four children and 10 grandchildren from a previous marriage.