Connecticut couple celebrates 81st anniversary

November 26, 2013 5:33:33 AM PST
Their family thought it wouldn't last, but a Connecticut couple continues to prove their love stands the test of time.

John and Ann Betar of Bridgeport are celebrating their 81st wedding anniversary this week.

This past Valentine's Day, a California-based group named them the longest-married couple in the United States.

John is 102 and Ann is 98.

They eloped when she was 17 to avoid her father's plans to marry her off to a much older man.

The couple has five children, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

The Betars, who married in 1932, say the secret to their success is contentment and mutual respect.