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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Setting records in marriage - 83 years strong

How cool is this?
White Bear Lake couple marks 83rd wedding anniversary

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn.—A couple from White Bear Lake celebrated 83 years of marriage Sunday, possibly setting a record.

The Guinness Book of World Records was researching the possibility that Clarence and Mayme Vail qualify as the longest-married couple alive.

"It's unbelievable," Mayme Vail told WCCO-TV.

Clarence Vail is 101 years old, and Mayme is 99. They were teenagers when they married in 1925, when Calvin Coolidge was president. And they've known each other even longer, meeting when they were in the 8th grade in Hugo, Minn.

"He had gone through the 8th grade in the other school, then he comes to our school—smart as a whip," said Mayme Vail, who still exercises and participates in Bible study classes at the assisted living center where the couple now resides.

The Vails had six children, 39 grandchildren and 101 great grandchildren. Mayme Vail said the key to a long marriage is patience and humility.

"You've got to admit you're wrong now and then," she said. "I've had to do it."


Blogger Keithslady declared,

Wow, it is incredibly cool! But, I think I'm glad it's not me, or I hope it's not. I don't think I have the energy to live that long.

2/18/2008 1:42 PM  
Blogger kristi noser declared,

I saw this clip on the news. They are so wonderfully sweet, those two. I love how she sits by him and jokes with him.
They have great-great grandchildren, but i missed the number. Wow!

2/20/2008 4:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

It's 40 great great grandchildren. definitely amazing.

3/17/2008 2:34 PM  

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