REDEFINING FAMILY: A powerful and moving story in yesterday's Washington Post magazine ultimately concludes with a newly formed family in Creve Coeur.

The article is about journalist Robert Melton, 54, a Pulitzer Prize nominee who built a career at The Washington Post, where he began working in 1982 writing under the byline R.H. Melton. Melton married Page Boinest, a Richmond native and fellow graduate of the University of Virginia, in 1995 and the couple had two daughters.

In 2003, Melton had a heart attack and later, a stroke, that left him with severe cognitive loss. He was 46 and wound up living in an assisted-living facility on the advice of doctors.

His wife remained devoted to Robert but her life was at something of a standstill until 2008, when she reconnected with a childhood friend at her 25th college reunion. The friend, Allan D. Ivie IV, provides the St. Louis connection.

At the time of the reunion, Ivie was a banker and the married father of four sons in St. Louis. He later divorced and he and Page began a relationship. The relationship also involved Robert, whom Page said she would never abandon.

The story of Allan's love for Page and Page's love for both Allan and Robert and how they are making it all work for everyone involved may be a four hankie read. Click http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/a-family-learns-the-true-meaning-of-the-vow-in-sickness-and-in-health/2011/11/04/gIQAahyAdP_story.html"> here to read it. (You'll have to register to read the entire story, but it's free to do so.)

Deborah Peterson is an editorial writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.