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Former first lady Judy O’Bannon remarries

Former IndianFirst Judy O'Bann78 listens as Donald R. Willsey 84 says his vows as couple weds log barn O'Bannfamily farm

Former Indiana First Judy O'Bannon, 78, listens as Donald R. Willsey, 84, says his vows as the couple weds in the log barn on the O'Bannon family farm in rural Corydon in Harrison County on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The ceremony was "an acknowledgement of our families coming together," says O'Bannon, widow of Gov. Frank O'Bannon, who died in 2003 after 47 years of marriage. Willsey, a retired attorney, was married to his wife Ginny for 53 years. She died in 2010 after they were married 53 years. The bride, now Mrs. Willsey, will continue to go by Judy O'Bannon in her public life. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Charlie Nye)

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Updated: January 2, 2014 6:45AM



CORYDON — Former Indiana first lady Judy O’Bannon has remarried more than a decade after losing her husband, then-Gov. Frank O’Bannon, to a stroke.

O’Bannon wed retired Indianapolis attorney Donald Willsey in a Friday ceremony held in a former log barn at the O’Bannon family’s farm in Corydon some 25 miles west of Louisville, Ky.

O’Bannon tells The Indianapolis Star the ceremony was “an acknowledgement of our families coming together.”

She wore wear a vintage dress her mother made and a garnet-studded wedding ring that cost just $18 at an antique mall.

The 78-year-old O’Bannon and 84-year-old Willsey were fixed up by mutual friends two years ago, a year after Willsey’s first wife died of cancer.

Gov. Frank O’Bannon died in 2003 following 47 years of marriage to Judy O’Bannon.



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