90-year-old widow rides restored car in honor of late husband

Posted at 3:21 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-01 19:47:37-04

It's the joy ride she's waited years to take, now at 90-years-old, time is of the essence.

Their love story began in the 50s. For 27 years, Orlena "Faye" Kearns and Jack James were married before he died of cancer.

"He was a very good man," she said. 

Their car, a 1929 Mercedes Benz Gazelle kit car was a labor of love, and a project they never got to complete.

"Ever since it first began, she says I want to ride in it someday," Leah Creed, Faye's sister, said. "I want it finished."

At 90 years of age, and with failing health, it's a dream she's wanted to carry out before her time comes.

"I'm anxious to go see it now."

On Friday, it became a reality.

Carefully, an employee at the care facility Faye lives at helped her into the vehicle that Raymond Boucher had been working on since March. 

He and the 90-year-old took the ride she never got to take, until now. 

"Leah came to us and told us that we might want to move it along and you know, we didn't want to be late for this one," Boucher, who works at the Shop Auto Repair, said. 

For Faye, being able to carry out that wish of seeing it complete and running was a miracle. 

"Just thrilled to be a part of her getting to ride in that car before she's passed because she wants to go home," Creed said.