John and Ann Betar have been married for 84 blissful years. Peddling in a produce truck, John, 21, frequently drove 17 year old Ann and her friends to school. Ann's father wanted her to marry a man 20 years her senior. The young couple fled their homes in Bridgeport, Connecticut to elope as far as their money could take them - 38 miles away to Harrison, New York.
John is now 105 years old and Ann is 101. Five kids, 14 grandkids, 16 great grandkids and 84 happily married years later, they have been named one of America's longest-married couples by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter. Here are their words of wisdom for an everlasting romance:
What does it mean to love?
"It's a lifelong thing. How do you define love? Through actions, understanding, little things ... He loves the whole world. He doesn't think about disliking anybody. I don't either." - Ann Betar
For the newlyweds
When John and Ann Betar got married on November 25, 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, the 10th summer Olympics...
"We just take things as they come, and we're contented, and we have lovely family to support us." - John Betar
John and Ann said to listen to an older person when raising respectful children, whether you want to or not. They learned that from their parents. The Betar's also suggested to teach your children to never talk back to an older person.
Proof that long-lasting love is possible!
John and Ann Betar eloped on Nov. 25, 1932 - because Ann's father had planned...
Kristina Tieken is a staff writer for FamilyShare, public relations specialist with a love for the fine arts, food and exercise. She enjoys watching movies and spending time with her husband and family.