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Fernley couple celebrates 65 years of marriage with Night Out 

Gordon and Nola Cox celebrate 65th anniversary at La Fiesta.
Gordon and Nola Cox celebrate 65th anniversary at La Fiesta.

Long before date night was in vogue, Fernley residents Gordon and Nola Cox had a standing reservation each Wednesday night at La Fiesta restaurant in Fernley. Now in their twilight years – Gordon, 87 and Nola, 93 – date nights take place at Fernley Estates Senior Living, where the couple lives. Last month, however, Fernley Estates team members partnered with La Fiesta restaurant to surprise the couple with a date night for their 65th wedding anniversary.

“Gordon and Nola are absolutely inspiring to watch any day,” said Tara Alto, the administrator at Fernley Estates. “They hold hands and still flirt with each other. Before each meal, the team members must wait for Nola to put on lipstick and fluff her hair for Gordon, even though he is blind. We were honored to recreate a moment in time that was special to them both.”

Team members arranged for Nola to have her hair and nails done at the community’s beauty salon and have flowers delivered to their room the morning of their anniversary, March 26. Dressed in their best, the couple climbed aboard the community’s transportation van and headed to La Fiesta.

As Fernley Estates’ driver, Bob Riley, pulled into La Fiesta’s parking lot, and Gordon asked where they were.

“If you could go anywhere to eat, where would it be?” Bob asked.

“I like La Fiesta,” Gordon replied.

“Well, that’s where we are, Gordon.”

Gordon’s ordinarily very serious face transformed into a gorgeous grin, and Nola smiled beautifully. Throughout dinner, the couple could be seen holding hands. At times, Gordon was so overcome by emotion, his eyes filled up with tears, and he couldn’t speak; Nola’s beautiful smile remained all evening.