MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- Tom and Lee Clark celebrated their 73rd anniversary last weekend. The celebration was filled with joy and followed by grief.
The Clarks met when they were 14 and 15 years old; married in their early twenties, they settled in Midwest City. before he went off to fight in the south pacific in World War Two.
"We're just ordinary people, honey." said Lee Clark.
They have an extraordinary, ordinary family. The Clarks adopted three children, two sons, Dale and Don, and a daughter, Kimmy Kay.
They have been married almost 73 years.
The secret, they say, is in the kitchen sink.
"We just have each other." Lee said. "He helps me so much. I wash and dry dishes just to have something to do."
It was a bittersweet weekend for the Clark family. On Saturday April 18th they celebrated 73 years of marriage, then on Sunday April 19th they remembered the daughter they lost in the Murrah Federal Building 20 years ago.
Kimberly Kay Clark's chair is with those who died on the 8th floor. She was a paralegal and Navy Reservist. She was working in the HUD office on the morning of April 19th.
At 91 years old Tom struggles to remembers some things. His last memory of his daughter is crystal clear.
"She was over at our house to bring an anniversary card." said Tom. "That was the last time we ever saw her."
Time has strengthened their vows and done little to soften the blow of losing a child.
They call themselves blessed by the loving people around them and the challenges of life they've weathered hand in hand.
"It has been a wonderful life." said Tom.