Talk about love for life.
Centenarians in Ecuador have been crowned the world’s oldest married couple by Guinness World Records.
Waldramina Quinteros, 104, and Julio Mora, 110, have been married for 79 years after a secret wedding in February 1941. While the Associated Press reported that “both families were not approved” at the time, the sweethearts knew they had to to be.
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Retired teachers live in the capital, Quito, and have missed large family gatherings amid the coronavirus health crisis.
Moreover, Quinteros and Mora can attract quite a crowd among their four surviving children, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
“We haven’t had any of this since March,” daughter Cecilia told the store. “My parents need family contact.”
Describing her parents as clear, active and in good health, Cecilia said they felt a little depressed from the ongoing outbreak.
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“They have been different for a month, more depressed because they miss big family gatherings,” she explained.
We hope that the award from the world-famous record-keeping body will be just something to lift their spirits – the couple received a Guinness certificate for their common age in mid-August.
According to the Associated Press, although there have been longer marriages, Quinteros and Mora currently hold the title as the oldest – just shy of 215 years.
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Charlotte and John Henderson of Austin, Texas, were previously listed as the oldest married couple for a total of 212 years and 52 days.
As for routine, Quinteros and Mora make it easy.
The couple’s daughter said her father enjoys watching TV and drinking milk, while her mother looks forward to desserts and reading the newspaper every morning.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.