Couple Married for 80 Years Teach about How to Sustain a Marriage


While broken homes and divorce seems to be the order of the day, a Michigan couple just celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary.

The couple have been blessed with eight decades of wonderful memories; moments of sacrifice; and watching their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up.

Donald and Vivian Hart, who are both 99 years old, were married in 1937.

According to WOOD-TV, the couple met as Donald was leaving church. He noticed a couple of “gals from out of town” needed help finding their way home.


Instead of giving directions, he walked them where they needed to go.

“We were just going to [walk] a little ways and then quit, but we ended up going all the way,” Donald said.

Sunday, the couple’s family and friends threw them an anniversary party, where Donald serenaded his wife with “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” a song Donald said he used to always sing to her.

So, how does a marriage survive 80 years and how they sustained their relationship?

“Make sure the relationship is honest. Try to do what’s right in God’s eyes. It’s good to laugh together. Have fun with each other, but don’t make jokes at the expense of the other,” Donald told ABC News. Vivian added, “We don’t keep our mind on our troubles.”

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