“The topic of marriage didn’t come up on the first date, but it was discussed soon after. Since Gene was planning on getting deployed, they decided to make the commitment,” according to the newspaper article.
“I guess it’s probably going to work out,” her husband replied.
The couple explained to a newspaper reporter that they did not have any photos from their dating days or wedding.
Mr. Floyd said they didn’t do “too much research into the whole marriage thing.”
“We were both young and foolish,” he said. “Now we’re older and foolish.”
Despite a four-year difference in age, both shared a common desire for children, living on a farm, and Christian values. The only acknowledged difference was that Mr. Floyd was a Yankee and his wife a Southerner.
After their marriage, the couple settled in Glen Burnie, where they raised their five children.
Mr. Floyd, who worked as a real estate consultant, appraiser, developer, broker and investor, was the founder of Floyd & Co. He was semiretired at his death.
From 1979 to 1984, he was Glen Burnie Urban Renewal director and served on the board of trustees of Anne Arundel Community College from 1990 to 2009.
In 1965, he was elected president of the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, and was elected to the position again in 1987. He was named in 2010 to the Anne Arundel County Business Hall of Fame.
They are survived by a son, Ken Floyd of Baltimore; four daughters, Marcie Shenton of Crofton, Nancy Floyd Prue and Barbara Floyd, both of Millersville, and Kay Floyd of Bristow, Va.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.