Hope Foundation Grants East Texan's Wish

A trip down memory lane - that's all an east Texas woman wanted for her birthday.

85 year old Ruby Aiken's wish finally came true earlier this month.

KLTV 7's Layron Livingston takes us all the way to the southern tip of Texas, where a little piece of history helped true love blossom.

"We stepped upon it...I stepped upon it like that..."

Ruby Aiken says life as she knows it began with a floor tile, and a date to the movies.

"He got my hand and asked me would I like to go to the theater and I said, yes," said Ruby.

Ruby was 18 when she met her husband George in Harlingen, Texas.  She bet a friend she'd meet a soldier, and in 1942 George Aiken came calling.

"We went to see gone with the wind...we held hands the whole time."

The tile is from the theater where George and Ruby saw the movie. Later that year, they married.

George died last year, just days before the couple's 65th wedding anniversary - but not the dream he and Ruby shared.

"He always wanted to go back to Harlingen."

This month, that dream became a reality.

"I saw this number and it said, 'where wishes and dreams still come true'."

Ruby's daughter Tina Saxon says, she called that number.

And it led her to the Hope Foundation of Tyler, an organization which grants wishes for seniors.

We feel like it's time to give back to those who led the way for us," said Fred Carl of the Hope Foundation.

After hearing Ruby's story, they granted her wish, whisking her and her daughter away to Harlingen for her 85th birthday.

She even toured the home where she and George were married.

"Dad was smiling down from above...I could hear him say, I can't believe it."

Ruby was even presented a key to the city of Harlingen.

"It was just like a dream," she said - the perfect ending to a perfect trip.

Ruby tells us her husband George would have turned 86 years old Thursday.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com