Married for 86yrs
When people are usually in the Guinness book of records, its usually for something bizarre of what many may view as simply insane. But Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher have made their mark by proving that monogamy does still exist, and marriages don’t have to end in divorce as many do today, by officially being named the world’s longest married couple with a marriage spanning 86 years. Not only have they being married the longest, but they’ve both lived to see over a century with Zelmyra aged 101 and sadly Mr. Fisher passed away earlier this year at the remarkable age of 104. When asked what their fondest memory was of their marriage, they replied”Our legacy of 5 children, 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
Before Mr Fishers passing, they both took to twitter to give advice to us less than experienced ones in love, on how to maintain a lasting loving relationship. Here’s some of their wise advice below.
We are both Christians & believe in God. Marriage is a commitment to the Lord. We pray with & for each other every day
Respect, support & communicate with each other. Be faithful, honest & true. Love each other with ALL of your heart.”
Agree that it’s okay to disagree, & fight for what really matters. (Never physically) Learn to bend – not break
Remember marriage is not a contest – never keep a score. God has put the two of you together on the same team to win
There isn’t any secret. It was only God that kept us together.
Everyone who plants a seed & harvests the crop celebrates together, We are individuals, but accomplish more together.
The couple also prove the importance of accepting and respecting your differences as the couple had different religions. Herbert was a member of Pilgrim Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and Zelmyra is a member of Jones Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
For all of their married life they attended their own churches, going their separate ways every Sunday morning. They both agreed if they had to do it again, they wouldn’t change a thing. Now thats what we call Love!