Relationship Advice from America's Longest Married Couple

In a society where nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce, it's so sweet and refreshing to see a couple that's defied the odds after so many years. John and Ann Betar met and married during the Great Depression and have kept their marriage going strong for 84 years! 

People are always asking them about the secret to a long-lasting union, and the answer was pretty simple. John said, "You have to like a person before you love them. We were good friends."


John and Ann's story is pretty amazing. They met when they became neighbors in Connecticut. John was 21 and Ann was 17. Ann's father wanted her to marry an older man, in an effort to gain her some financial stability, but Ann refused to be with anyone but John. So they eloped in New York, and are still very much in love all these years later. 

You can read more about the Bitars here. 

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