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Columbus couple celebrating second wedding anniversary that almost didn't happen

(Courtesy: Howard & Myra Foster)

They fell in love at West High School in Columbus. But in 1967, it wasn't meant to be.

Howard Foster is black. Myra Clark is white.

Howard broke up with Myra because he worried racism would hurt their relationship.

"Society is not going to let us be happy," he remembers telling her. "I just figured she wasn't going to be happy."

The young couple said goodbye, hugged and then walked in separate directions.

"Then a block away," Myra told WSYX/WTTE, "we both turned around at the same time and waved. I really think that wave was, I'll see you later."

The two wouldn't see each other for decades.

"I remember just sitting in my car and crying," said Howard, "because it was not an easy decision. I really did love her."

Over the years, they thought of each other.

"I wondered what would my life be like with her. What would it be like if we had stayed together?"

Myra never married. Howard did, but divorced. Then in 2014, they reconnected through a mutual friend.

"For me, the fact that I was sitting there holding her hands is something that I thought would never happen," said Howard. "And I was not letting her go."

On August 1, 2015, Howard and Myra finally married. Their story even made news in The Columbus Dispatch and The New York Times.

"Right now, it is just so much fun to be happy," Howard said while laughing.

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