Her future husband, Dan Furlin, was of a similar mind.
"I didn't think marriage was in the picture for me," he says.
"Once you hit 50, you don't want to go through the rest of life without your soul mate.
I was a little bit more aggressive." Both went the online dating route and met within months.
The Dunedin, Fla., couple are both fitness-conscious and vegetarian.
They were also both natives of New York state, and each had lived in Los Angeles.
That, coupled with the baby boomer "never-wanna-be-old" attitude and a greater number of aging singles in the population, makes it more likely that those who want to marry actually will.
A USA TODAY analysis of Census records of Americans ages 45-55 shows that the percentage of those who said they had never been married in 2006 had doubled since 1990, and the percentage of those who were currently married had dropped by 9%.
It's fairly difficult to get a real handle on this segment of the singles population because no federal entity tracks first marriages at specific ages. A tally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is available just for a 20-year period, 1970 to 1990, shows that in 1990, only 0.4% of women and 0.6% of men married for the first time at ages 45 to 49.
The closest count is the median age at first marriage, which in 2006 (the latest year for which data are available) was at its highest point: men at 27.5 and women at 25.5, according to the U. According to the most recent data from the federal Survey of Income and Program Participation, which includes marriage, 13% of those who wed in 2003 were 45 and older.
Internet dating has largely made it possible for many of these later-life first marriages.