Louisiana’s longest married couples of 2021

Published 12:22 pm Thursday, February 11, 2021

After an exhaustive state-wide search, Louisiana Family Forum is excited to announce Louisiana’s Longest Married Couple and our Top Ten Runners Up!

This year, we celebrate Gail and Patsy Richardson of Gonzales La., who have been marriedan extraordinary 80 YEARS!  What an incredible witness to the legacy of marriage. When asked about the key to a long and happy marriage, “communication is key,” said 99-year-old Patsy. For Gail, who is 101, age is just a number. “You’re only as old as think you are, and I don’t think I’m very old,” he quipped.

LFF is committed to building a culture of strong marriages. Each year, we highlight the contributions that faithful families have made to our state and its colorful legacy. “We want to tell these stories and encourage the next generation that they can remain happily married for life. We are honored to share these examples of lasting love,” commented LFF President Gene Mills. “LFF’s message is simple–marriage can, and indeed does, last a lifetime!

The following couples have been inducted into in the LFF Marriage Hall of Fame Top Ten Longest Married Couples:
80        Gail and Patsy Richardson of Gonzales
79        Laron and Violet Waters of Alexandria
78        Charles and Helen Simon of Hessmer
77        David and Maggie Singley of Delhi
76        James C. Jr. and Verna Lee Wilson of Marksville
76        William and Frances Rosevally of Covington
74        Bernie and Anna Lee Dinger of Berwick
74        I.D. and Betty Bostian of Many
74        Ferris and Margaret Romaire of Morgan City
73        Hardie Lee and Artemissia Ford of Mansfield
73        Marion and Jean Hess of New Orleans
73        Paul and Yvonne Wilson of Morgan City

Over eighteen couples married 70+ years were nominated for this honor. We celebrate each one of these precious families. Click here to meet these couples and learn more about their stories.

LFF will present a proclamation from Governor Edwards and a King Cake to each couple on the Top Ten+ list, recognizing their amazing accomplishments and commitments to each other.