20 February 2008

83 Years of Marriage!

Clarence, 101, and Mayme Vail, 99 of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, celebrated their 83rd anniversary, possibly making them the longest married couple alive in the United States.

When Clarence became critically ill with tuberculosis in 1948, Mayme made a promise to God that if her husband survived, she would attend mass every day -- a promise she kept until last year when health issues forced them to move into an assisted-living center.

Their family includes six children, 39 grandchildren, 101 great-grandchildren and 40 great-great grandchildren.

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