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This couple is still in love after 79 years of marriage (Video)


Sophia Swinford - published on 08/10/18

Merle and Stella will remind you of the beauty of marriage and family.
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At 101 and 95 years old respectively, Merle and Stella haven’t lost their sense of humor yet. They were married just three days after Stella’s 17th birthday, and this year they celebrate 79 years of marriage.

After Merle moved into a nursing home and had a bad experience, Stella insisted that he move back home so she could take care of him herself. With the help of their grandchildren and neighbors, Merle and Stella are going strong in love, life, and laughter.

“I’m happy and he’s happy,” Stella says, “and when he’s happy, I’m happy.”

Merle responds, “I’m happy when she’s around.”

Watch the video below to see the interview with Merle and Stella. In an age that can be so suspicious of romance and marriage, their commitment and longevity is a beautiful reminder that it’s not youth or success that make a life, but our family and the love we give.


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