An Arkansas Walmart employee has accepted an on-camera proposal from the least expected suitor — the ex-husband she divorced 43 years ago. Read more from Scoop News:
Louis Demetriades and Renate Stumpf, both 75, said they divorced 43 years ago, but they rekindled their friendship in December when Demetriades called Stumpf for help contacting one of their three children.
Stumpf was shocked when Demetriades, who lives in Tennessee, visited the Walmart store where she works in Fort Smith, Ark., Saturday with a sign reading, “Happy Valentine’s Day! Will you marry me?”
Stumpf said her initial “no” was meant just to tease her suitor, and she quickly amended the answer to “Yes, but not today.” “Forty-three years is a long time, so I wasn’t sure at first,” she told ABC News, “but I will marry him though because he’s changed for the better, I’ve come to realize.”
Demetriades said he chose Walmart for his Valentine’s Day surprise so he would have an audience of his ex-wife’s friends. “And why did I come to Walmart to propose to my wife again? It’s because she has so many friends here and I knew she would like to share that with them,” Demetriades told WAGA-TV.