In the summer of 1940, Curly Sansom wanted to marry Annie Cumba, but most of the state of Texas stood between him and his true love. It took two trips from way down in the Valley all the way up to the plains of West Texas - the first time he hitch-hiked and, the second time he talked his friend, Willie Burleson, into a road-trip. Curly's determination paid off, after a double ceremony on Aug. 6, 1940, the former bachelors drove the brides back to Rochester, Texas, in Willie's Model A.

It was worth his time and trouble, their love has lasted for over seven decades. Curly and Ann would live, laugh and love through World War II, financial hard times, the birth of two children, a child with polio, a son in the army through the Vietnam war, the birth of four grandchildren, the passing of their parents, building their dream lake house, a few open-hear surgeries, the passing of eight siblings, and the birth of twelve great-grandchildren.

The couple has shared appreciation for Blue Grass, old western, gardening, and Curly's hubby of oil-painting. They are passionate about God, family photos (taken from the front and back) and the Dallas Cowboys. And they are still crazy for each other as they sit side-by-side, head-to-head, hand-in-hand in their matching recliners.

The happy couple, have resided in Early for 24 years will celebrate their anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. Their children, Lloyd E. Sansom of Early, and Gloria "Sis" McDougal of Early, along with family friends, James and Traci Lasyone of Early, invite all friends and acquaintances to come by the CARE Nursing Home dining hall between 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, to help congratulate Curly and Ann on their 71 years of marriage. No gifts, please, your presence and/or sentiments are all they desire.