Earlier this month, another world record was made—this time by an elderly couple in Ecuador. Meet Julio Mora and Waldramina Quinteros, who at ages 110 and 104 respectively, became the oldest married couple according to Guinness World Records.
Their combined age of 214 years and 358 days secured them the coveted title, but 79 years ago their marriage almost didn't happen. He was born on March 10th, 1910, she was born on October 16, 1915, and they met through Quinteros's brother-in-law in 1934. Despite disapproval from both families, they secretly married seven years later in 1941 with just their godparents and closest friends as witnesses.
"It was not easy because our relatives did not have a good relationship, but with time and patience we were able to unite them and we became an example and the best reference for the younger generations," the couple told Guinness.
Throughout their 79 years together (and counting!), Mora and Quinteros have welcomed five children, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren and claim "love," "maturity" and "mutual respect" is the "secret formula" to their successful marriage.
The love and maturity that we had as a couple from the beginning of the marriage allowed us to know each other and grow emotionally to define our future.
"Family unity under the rules of love, mutual respect, honest work, and proper education based on family values are the keys to healthy coexistence," they added. "The love and maturity that we had as a couple from the beginning of the marriage allowed us to know each other and grow emotionally to define our future."
The title was previously held by Austin, Texas couple Charlotte Henderson and John Henderson who had an aggregate age of 212 years and 52 days.