By Jess Grieveson-Smith
A former cheerleader and basketball player have played out the ultimate romantic film – as the inseparable best mates who met at 11 years old, have battled through the past 27 years at each other’s side.
Bobbie Windhorst Evans, 42, first crossed paths with her now husband Billy Evans, 43 when they both began middle school aged 11 but the pair didn’t officially meet until they entered eight grade – at 13.
The besotted pair have survived the toughest of times, such as fertility issues, family bereavement and illness, and are now wanting to share their real life love story to show that true love really does conquer all.
Bobbie spent her school years as part of the cheerleading squad, whilst Billy played for the basketball team and it was on a trip for the sports team that they first interacted.
They have now been in a relationship for 27 years and are showcasing their real life love story for the first time.
Bobbie said: “By a lucky coincidence, we ended up sitting together on the bus ride home while on a school trip.
“We didn’t talk but he gave me one of his ear buds to his Walkman, and we listened to the rapper Easy-E the entire way home.
“Little did I know that I was sharing a seat with my future husband, best friend and father of our two children.
“Now, when I look back at this moment, I always have a big smile on my face.
“When you hear the saying it was meant to be, I truly believe it with my whole heart.”
Bobbie, a former teaching assistant, and Billy, a salesman, began dating when the pair turned 15, and eventually got married in 2003.
Even attending the same college, Billy waited for Bobbie to graduate before moving away with her, and eventually proposing after 11 years together.
After losing one baby to a chromosomal disorder, and two miscarriages, the family now have two children William, 11 and Riley, seven, and have now been married for 16 years.
Their marriage hasn’t been plain sailing however, as they have endured losing Bobbie’s adored father, Ollie Harris Windhorst, Jr. and the diagnosis of dementia for Billy’s mother Diane Evans.
Bobbie gave up work to help care for her mother-in-law.
And the secret to overcoming the dark times, Bobbie adds: ” It’s so important to keep communicating, to have support, trust, and never go to bed angry!
“Billy is the one who is and has always been laid back and level headed.
“I am the one who tends to go to the extreme and freak out or shut down, but we both meet in the middle and we trust each other with everything and this keeps us rock solid!
“It used to be me going to all his games, and cheering him along as a cheerleader.
“Now we’ve been husband and wife for over a decade, and together for more than two!”