They have been married for 79 years. This is the story of 110-year-old Julio Cesar Mora Tapia and 104-year-old Waldramina Maclovia Quinteros Reyesa - a marriage that has only become stronger over time.
According to 'Guinness World Record' they are the world's oldest married couple with an aggregate age of 214 years and 361 days (today). Together they have enjoyed many happy moments, as well as facing challenges and difficulties, like any married couple. However, the love and respect they have for each other has secured them the title of the oldest married couple.
Julio was born on March 10th, 1910 and his better half Waldramina was born on October 16, 1915. Julio was born even before the Titanic sunk in 1912. They are both from the pre-television era. Their story began when Waldramina went to visit her sister, who lived in the same building as Julio. They met through her sister's husband, who was Julio's cousin.
Waldramina found in Julio a loving man with a young spirit and great literary potential who captivated her with his beautiful poetry. And Julio found a friend with big heart combined with a firm character. Slowly their friendship turned into a loving relationship, which resulted in the couple getting married seven years later on February 7, 1941.
It was a secret celebration because the relatives from both sides did not agree with the marriage. This union took place in the oldest church in Quito, La Iglesia de El Belén. They said,
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.
Julio and Waldramina dedicated their lives to teaching and today they are enjoying their retirement. They were able to provide college education to all their 5 children. They believe this is one of the greatest achievements as they think that education is the basis for a developed society. Today the family grew to 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren. The young couple added,
Family unity under the rules of love, mutual respect, honest work, and proper education based on family values are the keys to healthy coexistence. 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.
Julio and Waldramira consider love, maturity, and respect to be the key to achieving a long and happy marriage.