This undated image shows Dixie Reppe and Joe Prendergraft, who met at Inverness Village, a retirement community in Tulsa, Okla., where they now live in adjoining apartments. Like a lot of older committed couples, they wanted social recognition for their relationship without the legal complications of marriage, so he bought her a ring and they attended several parties to celebrate their engagement. (Nathan Harmon via AP)

“It was important for our friends to know we were committed to each other,” recalled Dixie Reppe, 80, who wears a ring from her beau, Joe Pendergraft, 77, and refers to him as her fiance. “But the financial piece and the families — it’s a whole lot more complicated. We decided to keep those things separate.” The two live in adjoining apartments in Inverness Village in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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