Ramie Masters, a first year graduate student studying speech-language pathology, calls her mom after she said yes to the dress on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in Norman’s Bridal downtown. Her sister and maid-of-honor Kiley Masters (right) and bridesmaid Kelsey Lomax listen in. Both Ramie and her mother Mindi, both from Huntington Beach, Calif., found their husbands at Missouri State.
It’s just like a romance movie. Can’t you see it now, playing on the big screen? Two young Missouri State University college students meet at a church picnic. He asks her if she would like a glass of iced tea. Of course, playing the hard-to-get babe from California, she says no, so he gets resourceful and asks her to dinner on Sunday night, since the cafeteria is closed. She agrees, and eventually, it becomes a weekly occurrence. The cutesy love music plays as the film rolls on, and he invites her home to meet his family, where she begins to fall in love with him.
Their relationship continues to grow, but the antagonist is introduced as she begins tutoring sessions with a science student who sent her roses. He doesn’t like the fact that she’s spending so much time with this guy. He doesn’t like it one bit. He just can’t take it anymore, so he makes a decision to take the situation into his own hands, and one day, on his way to class, he passes her and says, “So, would you like to get married?”
But wait — a surprise twist for the moviegoer. This isn’t just the next romance movie starring Ryan Gosling; this is real life. A real life love story starring MSU alumni, Roy and Mindi Masters.
And yes, he really did casually ask her to marry him on his way to class.
“He had no ring,” she said. “We just skipped class, hopped on his motorcycle and rode across town. He bought me a pawn shop wedding ring for $79.”
The spontaneous couple got married in 1983 and stayed in Springfield, Mo., for Roy’s last semester at MSU as an economics major, and then they headed out to Huntington Beach, Calif.
Roy started out working in the banking business and eventually began working as a title contractor and Mindi did her internship in California and is now a dietician, fitness instructor and a field hockey coach.
“We’ve been married for 29 years now, and we have five kids,” she said.
Mindi told one of her daughters, Ramie, “You’ve got to get a better proposal than I got.”
And indeed she did.
Her daughter, Ramie Masters, a first year graduate student at MSU, studying speech-language pathology, said yes to Devin White, a firefighter in Logan-Rogersville, while standing on the tip of Whitaker Point in Arkansas on July 7, 2012.
The couple met at Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), a Christian organization at MSU, and quickly became good friends.
“In December of my senior year, 2011, we officially started dating,” Masters said. “In June  we went and visited my family, since he had never met any of them, and he asked for my dad’s permission four days after he met him.”
In July of 2012, Devin asked Ramie if she would like to take a break from their full-time jobs and go camping one weekend. They drove down to Arkansas and went kayaking in the morning and then decided to go hiking at Whitaker Point.
“It was an hour drive from where we went kayaking, and we got lost for a really long time,” Masters said. “I wanted to go home but he said we had to go. I knew what was coming, because he was acting a little off,” she said smiling.
Once they finally found the trail, it began to storm, but they started hiking the trail anyway.
When they finally reached the point, Devin hugged her and told her that they weren’t there by accident. He told her that he loved her and got down on one knee as he asked her to be his best friend for the rest of their lives.
“We were the only two up there because it was just about to storm, so it was really nice,” Masters said. “After that, we hiked back and drove home. We never ended up camping,” she said laughing.
Devin and Ramie love to bike ride, longboard, work out together and take rides on Devin’s motorcycle.
“We’re also getting into puzzles,” Ramie said. “We have to do something when we’re old.”
Ramie plans to do her externship during the spring of 2014 in Kansas City, where Devin has applied for a job. She said they have talked about kids and struck an “adoption bargain.”
“I told him I want four or five kids, and he said he wants two or three,” Masters said. “So we’re at an indifference, but I really want to adopt someday, so I told him if he lets us adopt then we can have just three kids.”
Devin and Ramie both said that their faith in God holds their relationship together through thick and thin, and Ramie’s parents said the same, along with many other similarities.
“Devin and my dad both came to MSU as economic majors, both of them worked in banks, my dad had a motorcycle, and Devin has a motorcycle. Both my mom and I came to MSU for field hockey. My parents met at CRU and we met at CRU,” Masters said. “It’s really, really weird.”
Both California girls, Mindi and Ramie found their Missouri boys on MSU’s campus and lived happily ever after. So who knows, maybe your love is waiting for you on campus, too. It seems as though Missouri State is quite the matchmaker school.
By Kelsey Berry, The Standard
Photo By Steph Anderson, The Standard