Summer of Love: 77-year-old back on the dating scene

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Christine “Chris” Daugherty is proving that it’s never too late to find love.

A self-proclaimed “social butterfly,” at 77 years young she is doing what many close to her weren’t too thrilled about — she is dating.

“Honey, you will get so many people telling you what the hell to do, you know, and you think… this is my life,” she said.

Daugherty didn’t necessarily see herself dating at 77. She was married for 48 years when her husband passed away in 2009.

“And we did a lot of traveling. We were looking forward to our 80s together and it just wasn’t meant to be,” she said.

Daugherty says it was then people tried to convince her to just become comfortable with being single and occupy her time other ways. She says that wasn’t for her. She still wanted a companion.

“I wasn’t ready for a long-long time and then last year, then I thought about it, I said, you know what, my husband, he wouldn’t want me to sit here. He would be the last person.”

That’s when she connected with matchmaker Sheryl Spangler. Daugherty, who doesn’t use or own a computer, was introduced to the world of online dating.

Spangler did the searching for her and found a match. The two have been seeing each other for several months.

Daugherty hopes to encourage other people not to let fear hold them back from being happy.

“I wanted to get across to people that are out there, don’t let your friends, family, even your children tell you, oh no, no, no,  just settle in your old age and go to church and volunteer.”

She continued, “No. If that ain’t for you, don’t do it. Just go for it. Whether they can handle it or not that’s their problem.”

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