Ecuadorian spouses, 104 and 110, set world record for oldest married couple

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Talk about a love for a lifetime.

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 their secret wedding in February 1941. While the Associated Press reports that “the two families disapproved” at the time, the lovers knew it was meant to be.

Married couple Julio Mora Tapia, 110, and Waldramina Quinteros, 104, both retired teachers, pose for a photo at their home in Quito, Ecuador on August 28 (AP Photo / Dolores Ochoa)

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Retired teachers live in the capital, Quito, and have missed large family reunions amid the coronavirus health crisis.

Additionally, Quinteros and Mora can draw a crowd among their four surviving children, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

“Since March, we haven’t had any of this,” her daughter Cecilia said, according to the outlet. “My parents need family contact. ”

Describing her parents as lucid, active and healthy, Cecilia said they felt a bit depressed by the ongoing epidemic.

The couple are recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest married couple in the world, due to their age. (AP Photo / Dolores Ochoa)

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“For the past month, they have been different, more depressed because they miss the big family reunions,” she explained.

Hopefully an award from the famous record-keeping authority will be what you need to boost morale – the couple received Guinness certification due to their combined age in mid-August.

According to the Associated Press, although there are longer marriages, Quinteros and Mora currently hold the title of eldest – just under 215 combined.

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Charlotte and John Henderson of Austin, Texas were previously on the oldest married couple list, at 212 years and 52 days old.

When it comes to routine, Quinteros and Mora keep it simple.

The couple’s daughter said her father enjoys watching TV and drinking milk, while her mother looks forward to desserts and reading the newspaper each morning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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