John and Ann Betar: Couple Celebrates 80th Wedding Anniversary

John is 101 years old, and Ann is 4 years his junior, but they are still in love

By on November 21st, 2012 13:45 GMT

John and Ann Betar pose for a picture before what will be their 80th anniversary, on November 25. John is 101 years old, and Ann is 4 years his junior, but their relationship looks as tight as it did in 1932.

ABC News writes that the couple have five children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great children, and they confess they are still very much in love.

"It is unconditional love and understanding. We have had that. We consider it a blessing," Ann says.

Their story is as heartwarming as this picture is, as they eloped when Ann was just 17. Her parents had arranged for her to marry another man, 20 years older than her.

Their actions were frowned upon, in the small Syrian community in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where they lived.

John had immigrated to America when he was very young, while Ann was also the daughter of a Syrian family who had settled there. He worked as a fruit peddler from a young age, until he finally managed to open a grocery store.

Nevertheless, they stayed together, through good and bad, their connection serving as a testament that one can really find that elusive “one.”

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