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Here's everything to know about the first-ever winner of the 'Golden Bachelor', Theresa Nist
Warning: This story contains spoilers from Thursday’s finale of The Golden Bachelor.
Gerry Turner found true love for the second time.
Nist accepted the coveted flower, but only after she said "yes" to Turner's hand in marriage when he got down on one knee and proposed to her on the final day of his journey to find love after the death of his wife Toni.
Before accepting the ring, she poured her heart out to her fiancé-to-be.
“I know how sometimes it feels like the whole world thinks love is only for the young, and quite honestly, at the age of 70, I was beginning to feel that myself,” she began before concluding, "I’m so madly in love with you, Gerry, and I feel that for us, life isn’t over, the best is yet to come.”
Turner admitted that he woke up with "mixed feelings" and questions before coming to a "realization." He said, "You're not [just] the right person for me to live with. You’re the person that I can’t live without. I love you 1,000%."
Now, Nist and Turner are looking ahead to a future together. They've already opened up about moving to Charleston, S.C. together and their plans to tie the knot on TV. "As quickly as we can put together a wedding plan, we're getting married!"" Turner announced during the After the Final Rose special.
Here's everything to know about Golden Bachelor winner Theresa Nist, Gerry Turner's fiancée.
She's from New Jersey, but is relocating to South Carolina
Nist hails from Shrewsberry, New Jersey. However, she and Turner told PEOPLE of their plans to relocate to Charleston, South Carolina together now that they're engaged.
“One of the things that I think fate played a hand in is the possibility of where we might wind up living,” Turner, who currently lives in Indiana, told PEOPLE. “For the last couple of years, when my family gets together, I've talked about moving to South Carolina, and it's an idea I've toyed with."
When he privately shared that thought with Nist, she told him that her son "lives near Charleston in South Carolina." That conversation made it easy for the couple to decide where they should reside.
“And all of a sudden it's like, there's a big problem that is gone,” Turner said. “The issue of compromising on where to live and how to reconcile families and all of that is, it's no longer an issue.”
The reality stars hope their families will visit often. “We want to have a house that's so inviting that everyone would want to come,” Theresa told PEOPLE. “Maybe a pool so they all want to come and have fun.”
She's a financial services professional
While Turner is retired, Nist currently works as a financial services professional. She's employed by TFS Financial Services, Inc., as a senior compliance and operations liaison, according to the wealth management company's website.
"Theresa has over 20 years experience in the Securities Industry and holds seven securities licenses," Nist's bio reads in part. "Theresa began by trading her own account successfully, which gave her a great love of and appreciation for the markets."
She's a grandma of six grandkids
Nist has two children, son Tommy and daughter Jen and she's a grandmother of six:
Brandon, Brody, Braxton, Dempsey, Leo and Henry.
Three of Nist's grandchildren appeared on the hometowns episode of The Golden Bachelor, when Turner got to meet the families of the women he was getting to know.
Dempsey, Leo and Henry were asked by Turner what they thought of him dating their "nana."
"She comes over a lot because she's always lonely," one replied. "It would mean a lot to her if you guys get married."
Meanwhile, Turner has two grandchildren of his own. The reality star and his late wife Toni had two daughters together, Angie Warner and Jenny Young; Jenny has daughters Charlee, 16, and Payton, 21.
Turner told Variety that his daughters and granddaughters were “genuinely excited and thrilled” about his role as The Golden Bachelor. “My granddaughters have had guests to my house since this all started, and they pick their friends that are big fans of the show,” he said.
Her engagement ring has significant meaning to Gerry Turner
Turner proposed to Nist with a handcrafted princess cut ring designed by The Bachelor franchises go-to jeweler Neil Lane and told PEOPLE exclusively of its important "symbolism" after the engagement.
According to Lane, the “brilliance” of the “vintage-inspired” ring drew Turner in, because it reminded him of Nist.
“The design, the elegance, it's not simple, but it looks at first very elegantly simple on the top. But then when you hold it to the side you see how complex it gets,” Lane told PEOPLE. He [Turner] remarked that's the way he saw Theresa ... Elegant, I wouldn't say simple, but easy. But then when you get closer, there's such depth. There's such warmth. There's so much in the ring. There's so much in her life. There was so much detail. I think that's what he really was attracted to, the amount of detail and attention.”
She and Gerry Turner are going to wed on live TV
Nist and Turner aren't wasting any time! The newly-engaged couple announced during After the Final Rose that they’ll say “I do” in front of a live audience with an ABC wedding special on Jan. 4.
"We are going to get married, we're going to do it as quickly as we can because at our age, we don't have a lot of time to waste," Turner said. "As quickly as we can put together a wedding plan, we're getting married!"
“Save the date: Gerry and Theresa are getting married and guess what, we’re invited to the wedding because it will be live on ABC January 4,” host Jesse Palmer then said. "How 'bout that? It's so exciting!"
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