QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Julio Mora slipped away from his parents to secretly marry Waldramina Quinteros on a February day in 1941. Both of their families disapproved.
Seventy-nine years later, they’re still together — he at 110 years of age, and she at 104. There are longer marriages, but not between people so old, according to Guinness World Records — just short of a combined 215 years.
Mora was born on March 10, 1910, and Quinteros on October 16, 1915. They wed on February 7, 1941, in the first church built by the Spanish in Quito: La Iglesia de El Belen. The two retired teachers live in Ecuador’s capital of Quito, where in mid-August they received the Guinness certification.
Their daughter, Cecilia, said they’re both lucid and active, but “for a month they have been different, more downcast because they miss large family gatherings,” which can’t be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cecilia said her father enjoys watching television and drinking milk and that her mother likes to read the newspaper every morning.
Previously listed as the oldest were an Austin, Texas, couple, Charlotte Henderson and John Henderson, who have a combined age of 212 years and 52 days.