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The longest married couple in America still going strong

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 - 01:10

Nov. 21 - Who said it wouldn’t last? Connecticut couple share their secrets to longevity as they mark their 81st wedding anniversary. Sharon Reich reports.

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They eloped in a huff before her father could marry her off to an older man. And 81-years-later, John and Ann Betar are the longest married couple in America and still going strong. What's their secret? SOUNDBITE: Ann Betar, married nearly 81 years, saying (English): "Well, marriage isn't a lovey-dovey thing, you know, for 80 years, you know. You learn to accept one another's ways of life, agreements, disagreements -- disagreements on our children, preparation on bringing up your kids. That was the main interest was your children." Now 102-year-old, John chuckles when he thinks back about the couples main source of disagreement. SOUNDBITE: Ann Betar, married nearly 81 years, saying (English): "It's only about cooking. It's only about cooking, that's the only arguments we had." It's been a long time since the couple tied the knot and they've weathered hardships. Within the last 15 years they lost two children to cancer. But they would rather focus on the good times and what lies ahead for their 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

The longest married couple in America still going strong

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 - 01:10

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