Jake hails from Trinidad, whereas Mary was born and raised in the United Kingdom. Jake was a member of the United States Air Force who served at Burtonwood Base, Mary was also attending classes to become a typewriter at the same time.
Both Mary and her husband attended the same technical college, and Mary resided in close proximity to the Burtonwood Base.
Jake and Mary were both quick to recognize the deep connection and genuine love that existed between the two of them. They started spending more time together and going to each other’s homes more often.
On the other hand, this took place in the 1940s, a time when racial tensions were running high and marriages between people of different races were looked down upon. On the other hand, Mary did not allow her feelings for Jake to be altered by the situation.
Jake was asked to return to Trinidad after the war in the rest of the world had been resolved. When Jake arrived back in Trinidad, the two of them could not stop chatting to one another.
In spite of everything, the couple maintained their love and enthusiasm for one another by writing a great deal of love letters to one another. Jake eventually made his way back to the UK and proposed to the woman who had become the love of his life.
Her response was an unequivocal yes, but her family had mixed feelings about the decision she made, “When I told my father that I was going to marry Jake, he threatened me by saying that I would never step foot in this home again.”
Mary went ahead and wed Jake despite the fact that her father was adamantly opposed to the idea. After being married, the pair was subjected to a great deal of criticism from both society at large and their own families.
“Before I would ever welcome a new acquaintance to my house, I would always preface the invitation with the statement, “Look, I have to tell you something before I can invite you to my home—my husband is black.”
After the wonderful couple had suffered through everything together for some time, things finally started to turn around for them as the world began to heal and countries began to develop.
After 71 years of marriage, the couple’s love for one another remains as strong as ever.
They never allowed anything to come between their love for one another, and the moving narrative of how their love triumphed over all obstacles exemplifies the transformative power of love.