November 24, 2013

Positivity: ‘The key is to always agree with your wife’: America’s longest married couple prepare for 81st wedding anniversary

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Connecticut (HT Daryn Kagan):

As America’s longest married couple prepare to celebrate their 81st wedding anniversary, 102-year-old husband John Betar has revealed the secret behind their incredible relationship – ‘always agree with your wife!’

John and Ann Betar eloped on November 25, 1932, fleeing their close-knit Syrian neighborhood in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

They got into John’s Ford Roadster and drove as fast as they could to Harrison, New York, to avoid Ann’s father’s plans to marry her off to a man 20 years older.

Now, as they prepare to celebrate their anniversary on Monday, the couple, named on Valentine’s Day by Worldwide Marriage Encounter as 2013′s ‘longest married couple’ in America, can only laugh as they look back on the commotion they caused.

‘Everyone was hopping mad, and my wife’s aunt consoled my father-in-law by telling him not to worry, the marriage won’t last,’ chuckled John Betar, now 102 and still driving ‘though not quite as fast as the day we got married.’

Ann Betar, 98, said she ‘had no choice but to elope because my father was set on me marrying a much older man, and I was 17. John was not the boy next door, but the boy across the street who I loved,’ she said.

‘He was 21 and used to drive me to high school in his Ford Roadster,’ she added.

‘That’s why she married me, she loved that car,’ joked John Betar, as he sat on a couch holding his wife’s hand in the waterfront house they have shared since 1964.

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