In the late 1970s, Patty Woods (pictured above right) was a waitress at a restaurant in New York City when a customer caught her eye. They became friends and soon after, struck up a relationship.

Now, decades later, Patty lives in San Francisco. At StoryCorps, Patty told her friend Cedar Lay (pictured above left) about the lasting impact this partner left on her.

Originally aired July 2, 2014, on NPR’s Tell Me More.