As Valentine’s Day approaches, five local couples shared their stories of how they met with the News-Press. Below is the first couple’s story.
Brenda Gant had a crush on Jeff Hughes in third grade, but nothing ever came of it — until roughly four decades later.
The two grew up together in La Crescenta, going to the same elementary, middle and high schools. They were classmates, but never close friends.
After their senior year, their lives took divergent paths. Both married other people. Hughes, 51, stayed local and ended up working in Glendale’s Public Works Department, but Gant, 50, moved to Saudi Arabia with her then husband in 1986.
When Gant divorced, she moved back to her hometown in 2006 and started reconnecting with Crescenta Valley High School friends on Facebook.