If you ever want to see a portrait of what true love looks like, look no further than John and Charlotte Henderson. The Texas couple has been married for almost 80 years and they were recently named the oldest living couple in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. Together, they’re combined age is 211-years-old.
The Hendersons got married in 1939 and they live in an assisted living facility in Austin, Texas. John Henderson is 106-years-old (he turns 107 in December) and Charlotte is 105-years-old. December 15, 2019 marks their 80th wedding anniversary.
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The couple met in 1934 at the University of Texas. John played football at the school and Charlotte was studying to be a teacher. John has been the oldest living former University of Texas football player since 2010 and he still attends one game each season.
John recalled when he first saw his future wife,
“Charlotte looked over her shoulder and smiled and I knew I wanted to take her on a date. She was anxious for me to ask her!”
The Hendersons have no children and they spend their time relaxing and watching sports.
One of their nephews said about their relationship,
“They don’t dwell on the past. You won’t hear them say, ‘Oh, if only it were 1952 again, everything would be great.’
They are still making plans for their future together.”
More than 80 years ago, John and Charlotte Henderson met as students at The University of Texas at Austin and both say they would've never imagined they'd be a world-record-holding couple. http://bit.ly/2QgUM4S
John’s advice for a long life and a happy marriage:
“Live life in moderation and be cordial to your spouse.”
Now that’s some solid advice. And what a great love story! Makes our hearts soar!