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12/10/2012 12:34:00 PM
Worldwide Marriage Encounter seeks longest-married couples
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Erman and Erma Johnston of Albany were the 2012 Oregon winners of the annual longest-married couples project.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter photo
Erman and Erma Johnston of Albany were the 2012 Oregon winners of the annual longest-married couples project.

The annual search is on for the longest married couple in the United States.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a faith-based marriage enrichment program, recognizes couples for their long marriages in February. 

In 2012, Erman and Erma Johnston of Albany were the Oregon winners for their 78 years of marriage. State winners receive personal recognition and a special certificate of achievement from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement. One couple from each state is recognized, as well as the longest-married couple int eh country. 


Organizers typically receive hundreds of entries during the holidays.

“As we entered the holiday period the last two years we saw an upsurge of nominations as families gathered together and spent time with family members who have long marriages,” said Father Dick Morse, who serve as coordinators for the project with Dick and Diane Baumbach. 


The 2013 winners will be announced during the week of Valentine’s Day in February.


Nominations, which are open to all husband and wife couples regardless of religious affiliation, may be submitted by: email [email protected]; regular mail, Dick & Diane Baumbach 1430 Scorpious Ct. Merritt Island, FL 32953; or by calling 321-453-2475.

A nomination requires the name of the couple, their wedding date, where they reside, plus a contact phone number or email address of the individual nominating the couple. All nominations are due Jan. 10.





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