Although there are longer marriages, the record set by the spouses, who live in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, is that they have the “longest common life of a married couple” in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
As of last Saturday, the spouses lived a total of 78,654 days, and the retired teachers had a marriage relationship for 79 years, 6 months and 22 days, according to a report by USA Today.
This couple from Ecuador is certified as the oldest married pair.
There are longer marriages, but at the moment no other between people so old, according to Guinness World Records — just short of a combined 215 years. https://t.co/cB6oFNSCvv pic.twitter.com/sxYVlPqtW1
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) August 29, 2020
The couple enjoys good health, despite their disappointment, as the Corona epidemic prevents them from a big celebration that brings together their family, consisting of 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Among the achievements they are proud of: Raising five children, all with college degrees.
Spouses say that their “secret formula” in a long marriage is “love + maturity + mutual respect.”
I love this soooooo much!!
— Melanie Lawson (@MelanieLawson13) August 30, 2020
The Guinness Book of Records quoted the couple, who knew each other for seven years before marriage on February 7, 1941, as saying: “The love and maturity that we lived as a couple since the beginning of the marriage allowed us to know each other and grow emotionally to determine our future.”
They added, “It was not easy because our relatives did not have a good relationship, but with time and patience we were able to unite them and we became an example and the best reference for the younger generations.”