World's oldest married couple, with a combined age of 215, sets new world record

  • 05 Sep - 11 Sep, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
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79 years ago, Julio Mora and Waldramina Quinteros secretly married on February 7, 1941, against their families' wishes. Their forbidden love now makes them the oldest living married couple in the world, with a combined age of nearly 215, according to the Guinness World Records. "For us, Julio Cesar and Waldramina, it is a great honour and pride to have a Guinness World Records title because it is the highest award that the world recognises," Quinteros, 104, and Mora, 110, said in a statement to Guinness. "The secret formula = love + maturity + mutual respect," they added. The couple first met through her brother-in-law, who just so happened to be Mora's cousin. What started out as a friendship grew into something more, and seven years later, they secretly tied the knot in front of their godparents and their closest friends. They were married in La Iglesia de El Belen, the first church built by the Spanish in Ecuador's capital of Quito, where they live. Quinteros and Mora, both retired teachers, are parents to five children, who all went on to receive college degrees. "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 couple said. Their oldest son sadly died at the age of 58. However, the couple still has a large brood with 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.