Spouses Become World’s Oldest Couple 79 Years after They Ran Away to Get Married in Secret

When one young couple fell in love in the 1930s, they had no idea they would have to elope and secretly tie the knot because their families were not on good terms. Several decades later, the couple broke a world record.

Julio Mora and Waldramina Quinteros were born in 1910 and 1915, respectively, and some years later, they met after the woman’s sister introduced her to him. Mora was the cousin of Quinteros’ sister’s husband.

Soon, Quinteros developed feelings for Mora after he impressed her with poetry.

The couple dated for seven years, and during this time, they discovered their families were not in favor of their marriage.

Julio Mora and Waldramina Quinteros. | Source: youtube.com/Inside Edition

They Didn’t Want to Part Ways
Since the couple couldn’t imagine living apart or spending their lives with someone else, they decided to elope. At the time, the young lovers had no idea getting married would later land them in the Guinness World Records.

On February 7, 1941, Mora and Quinteros tied the knot in the Church of El Belen in Quito, Ecuador, which marked the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. Quinteros recalled:

“It wasn’t easy at first because our families didn’t have a good relationship.”

Julio Mora and Waldramina Quinteros. | Source: youtube.com/Inside Edition

A Happy Family
According to Quinteros, things started to get better between the two families as time passed, and soon, the couple convinced their families to stop disliking each other.

Two months after receiving her certificate, an unexpected incident turned Quinteros’ life upside down.
As years passed, Mora and Quinteros welcomed babies and worked hard to raise them. Quinteros said she and her husband never fought, but they did have minor disagreements.

Julio Mora and Waldramina Quinteros. | Source: youtube.com/Inside Edition

The Younger Generations
Quinteros and her husband, who worked as teachers and stayed in the same city after retiring, had a huge family that included four children, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

The couple thrived on family get-togethers that stopped happening after the pandemic began. According to their daughter, Cecilia, they missed meeting their younger generations during the lockdown, which upset them. She said:

“My parents need family contact.”

Julio Mora and Waldramina Quinteros holding hands. | Source: youtube.com/Inside Edition

Breaking a World Record
While many people’s lives were turned upside down due to the pandemic, Mora and Quinteros set a world record. In August 2020, the Guinness World Records awarded the couple with certificates for being the oldest living married couple.

At the time, their combined age was almost 215 years, while that of the previous record holders was 212 years and 52 days. When they eloped decades ago, they had no idea fate would surprise them with this award. They said:

“For us, it is a source of great honor and pride to have a Guinness World Records title because it is the highest award that the world recognizes.”

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