They say lightning doesn't strike the same spot twice. But it did at the New Jersey home of Miriam Barbara Matthews, 93, and her husband, Francis Woodrow "Woodie" Matthews, 95. Yet that's not the most incredible way the smitten spouses have beaten the odds: The two now have been married a whopping 75 years.
Meeting in a small country school, Woodie never even formally proposed because the pair "always knew they were going to be married," according to USAToday.com. Eighteen-year-old Barbara and 21-year-old Woodie tied the knot on July 7, 1940.
As friends went off to fight--and die--in WWII, Woodie developed a serious illness that required thyroid surgery. "I almost lost him," Barbara admitted. "We came through this, through the Lord helping us." In fact, that diagnosis may have spared Woodie's life, since he couldn't serve in the war.
Through the relationship's ups--having three children--and downs--Woodie's employer dying, forcing him to start his own plumbing and heating business--the two stuck it out. "They just always worked together," their daughter Arlene said.
Like all couples, the two have had their share of disagreements, but they always worked it out, never considering divorce. Happy anniversary!
“We took our marriage vows very seriously ... for better and worse."Posted by USA TODAY on Tuesday, August 18, 2015
“We took our marriage vows very seriously ... for better and worse."
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