Mera Cossey Corlett & Kevin Corlett

| January 6, 2011
Mera and Kevin Corlett

Mera and Kevin Corlett

How we met

Mera: How did we meet?,  We love to tell people this, and it’s true: We met at church.

Kevin: We met at Crescent Hill Baptist Church in 1982 while Mera was a seminary student, and that is the church we still attend. There was a Sunday school lesson on “loneliness,” our pastor preached a sermon on “lust” and our first date was that very afternoon.

Why We Work

Kevin: We mesh together because we share a sense of humor. In fact, if laughing is really as healthy as people claim, we are going to “live long and prosper.”,  (Mera shakes her head at the Star Trek reference, but also laughs a bit)

Mera: In truth, we mesh together because we have really worked at our marriage. When I perform weddings, I remind couples how important it is to seek to understand one another, communicate with each other and grow together even through the tough times. Having been married for 26 years, we have had plenty of opportunities for grace and growth.

What we love

Kevin: We love to spend time together – simply that, spend time together. If we were younger, I guess we’d describe it as “hanging out.”,  We both have always had,  careers, so we have really appreciated the time that we had together as a family.

Mera: When our daughter, Mera Kathryn, went away to college, it was a big adjustment, but we had good friends who convinced us to discover new activities to do together.

Kevin: We always take some time for one another before we turn in at night. We try to make it a point to do it. It is probably my very favorite time of the day.

Mera:,  One of my friends just posted calligraphy onto her bedroom wall that says “Always Kiss Me Goodnight.” When I saw the picture that she posted on Facebook, it made me smile because it is something that we try to do. Did you know there is data that claims that couples who go to bed at the same time have healthier marriages?

Kevin: We never pass up an opportunity to dance. And do we have “our song”?,  Absolutely. It is “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.” We tease our daughter that at our 50th golden wedding anniversary we are going to get up to dance to The Gap Band.

Mera and Kevin Corlett

Mera: We may have met at church, but we fell in love in the Rathskeller at The Seelbach Hilton.

Kevin: When we were dating, Hazel Miller and her band performed there every Saturday night.

Mera: While all the women in my dorm were preparing their Sunday school lessons, I tip-toed down the hall, past their rooms in my sequins pumps. It was fairly scandalous – Baptist scandalous, at least.

Kevin: Our favorite pastime is going to arts events around town. We rarely miss a First Friday Trolley Hop, and during the summer, we enjoy the Sunday night concerts in Willow Park.

Mera: We are season patrons at Actors Theatre and try to see all of the Humana Festival plays.

Kevin: But our favorite, by far, is seeing productions our daughter is in. Mera Kathryn graduated with a degree in theater from Hanover College and has been doing theater here in town.

Mera: This spring, she is going to be in Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” at Bunbury Theatre. Secretly, I keep going to their website just to see her headshot, but don’t tell anyone.

Future Plans

Kevin: In 2011, we plan to simply take one day at a time and live each day to its fullest.

Mera: We have a favorite saying which comes from a prayer by Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjöld: “For all that has been … Thanks. For all that will be … Yes!”,  It is with that kind of gratitude and hope that we hope to live our days in 2011, yes, and for the rest of our lives.

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Angie Fenton
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.

Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.

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