He’s 110 and she’s 104 – and they’ve just been awarded the Guinness World Record for the oldest married couple in the world.
Mr. Mora was born on March 10, 1910 and Mrs. Quinteros on October 16, 1915. Together, the Ecuadorian couple lived a little less than 215 years.
There are longer marriages that Guinness World Records is aware of, but none between such elderly people.
The couple married in 1941 in the first church built by the Spanish in Quito: La Iglesia de El Belen. Julio secretly escaped from his parents to marry his lover as neither of their families approved.
“We’ve never divorced, never anything like it. We didn’t think about that, ”Ms. Quinteros said.
Both are retired teachers and live in north-central Quito, the capital of Ecuador.
And they can bring a lot of people together: four surviving children, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Earlier this year, one of their grandchildren suggested her grandparents could be among the oldest couples in the world.
Their daughter Cecilia then sent all the documents requested by the Guinness World Record until they received certification in mid-August.
Both are clear-headed and healthy, Celia said, although their mental health has recently suffered due to the pandemic.
“For the past month, they have been different, more depressed, because they miss large family reunions,” she said.
“Since March, we haven’t had any of this. My parents need family contact. ”
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Celia said the couple enjoyed going to the movies and the theater together. She said her father enjoys watching TV and drinking milk. Her mother, who loves desserts, reads the newspaper every morning.
When asked if he had any advice for those looking to live a long life, Ms. Quinteros replied, “(I advise) to tell… the truth. Don’t lie, because lies can ruin the world. ”
Texas residents Charlotte and John Henderson, who have a combined age of 212 years and 52 days previously held the record for the oldest married couple.