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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Longest Married Couple ( 81 Years Together and Waxing Strong )

They have been named the longest married couple in the U.S. This is a true tale of Love, Understanding and Staying Power. They both know and  understand what the marriage institution is all about.  

John and Ann Betar  said "I do" on Nov. 25, 1932, and have been happily married for 81 years. With five children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great- grand children, the Syrian couple consider themselves extremely blessed."We live one day at a time. The family keeps us alive," 


"We are very fortunate. It can be repeated and repeated," Ann, 98, said before their 80th wedding anniversary last November. "It is unconditional love and understanding. We have had that. We consider it a blessing."John Betar was 21 when he met Ann Shawah, the 17-year-old daughter of Syrian immigrants in Bridgeport, Connecticut.I fell for her right away, he said last November.

Ann was arranged to be married to another man, 20 years her senior, but breaking with tradition, she ran off to Harrison, N.Y., to elope with John. Now, 81 years later, she knows she made the right choice.

So what's their secret to a lasting and loving marriage? Being surrounded by family has kept their bond strong, John said, offering a simple mantra to live by: "Don't hold a grudge. Forgive each other. Live accordingly."

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm.i love that last line.no grudges and forgiveness

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