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Providence park to be named after couple celebrating 75th wedding anniversary

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By: Alexandra Cowley 

A Providence Park will be renamed Tomorrow in honor of a couple celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary. Arthur and Ruby Lawrence have lived in the same home on Eddy Street for their seven decades of marriage. Now, their legacy will live on at a park around the corner.

A lot has changed on Eddy Street in Providence over the last 75 years, but there has been one constant fixture, Ruby and Arthur Lawrence. On Wednesday, they'll celebrate 75 years of marriage.

Ruby said, "We've had bad times, but still, we still together."

The couple got married in South Carolina in 1939.

"I was 16 years old and I got pregnant, so we just went along and got married," Ruby explained.

They moved to Providence with Arthur's parents and settled into their home on Eddy Street, where they've raised 9 children. The Lawrence's have not only been a positive influence on their children, but they're also impacting kids in the community. The Lawrence Allen Singletary scholarship is given to students at Hope and Central High Schools. It was started in 2008, when the church they attended was sold. They used the more than 100,000 dollars for the scholarship fund. 

The legacy of 91-year-old Ruby and 93-year-old Arthur will live on in Providence. The Alphonso Street Park just around the corner from their home will be renamed in their honor. Anyone who plays there, will know their name.

"I feel good about it because I know that god is keeping me here for something else," Ruby said. 

"I think it's awesome, they're already living legends their lineage just goes on and on," said one of their daughters Debora Lawrence Nealy. 

The tribute ensures the laughter and love of Ruby and Arthur Lawrence will live on for generations to come. 

Councilman Davian Sanchez will announce the renaming of the park on Wednesday. 

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