NEW ORLEANS — Norman and Norma Burmah together went through much of the Great Depression, World War II, the social upheavals of the 1960s and seeing the New Orleans Saints win a Super Bowl.
To mark their 82 years of marriage, Gov. Bobby Jindal honored them on Valentine’s Day as Louisiana’s longest married couple. He also recognized nine other couples married 73 years or longer.
The Burmahs — Norman’s 102 years old and Norma is 99 — exchanged wedding vows on Jan. 26, 1931, and are believed to be the longest living married couple in the United States. The couple spent most of their lives in New Orleans but now live near a daughter in Marksville.
Both say making any relationship last as long as theirs takes patience and a lot of love.