Michigan couple, both 99, celebrates 80th wedding anniversary

Donald and Vivian Hart were married in 1937

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Vivian and Donald Hart (center) celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary. (June 25, 2017) WOODTV

GRAND RAPIDS - A Michigan couple recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary surrounded by family and loved ones inside the assisted living facility where they now reside.

Donald and Vivian Hart were married in 1937 and their closest family members recently banded together to celebrate over cake and memories at the Pilgrim Manor in Grand Rapids.

The couple is the longest-living married couple in the state and has three sons, four grandkids, 14 great-grandchildren, and 15-great-great grandkids.

“Donald said the secret to everlasting love is make sure the relationship is honest, try to do what's right in God's eyes,” Andi Ripley, the couple’s 28-year-old great granddaughter told Inside Edition. “They’re really funny. They have an amazing sense of humor and I think that's one of the things that's kept them joyous through all their years together."

The couple met at their church. Vivian was new to the parish and Donald was there to welcome her and get her acquainted with the town. When she needed directions home, he and some friends walked her to her house, which was located about six miles away from the church.

Needless to say, the duo had plenty of time to get to know each other.

Ripley believes that the secret to her great-grandparents’ relationship longevity is forgiveness.

"As in any relationship they have disagreements and squabbles, but they laugh it out, forgive one another and grandpa says they're stronger after each disagreement because they choose to love each other through it,” she said.

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