Couple's secret for 80 years of wedded bliss

  • Updated: February 7, 2013 - 6:26 PM

FAIRFIELD, CONN. - John and Ann Betar weren't supposed to get married. Her father had arranged for her to wed another man, but she and John eloped.

That was 80 years ago. The couple is still happily hitched, a fact that has led to their naming as the "longest married couple" in the United States for 2013 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. The Betars told the New York Daily News that there are no secrets to a long marriage, only a few simple rules. "We just live with contentment and we don't live beyond our means," John Betar, 101, said. "Just go with the flow."

They still live in their home in Fairfield. They had five children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Two of their children died in their 60s. Worldwide Marriage Encounter says the title of "longest married couple" is based on nominations, so there may be some couples who have been married longer.

Ann Betar, 97, credits her family. "We were fortunate enough to live long enough to see this ... and it's really one of the most gratifying things in the world to see your great-grandchildren, to see your grandchildren become adults."

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