Florida couple celebrate milestone 80th wedding anniversary

In the United States, the average marriage only lasts eight years.



So there is cause for celebration when a couple has been in love and committed to one another for a number of years.

Recently, Frank and Tommie Otway celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary!

The pair who live independently in Orange City, Florida first connected while they were teenagers sharing an apartment in East Orange, New Jersey.
They never turned around.
Tommie told FOX 35 Orlando, “Well, it all started in East Orange, New Jersey, and here we are wrapping it out in Orange City.

They initially came into contact while passing each other in the New Jersey apartment complex where they both resided. When they went on one of their first dates, Tommie recalled that “he would buy me a 5-cent orange drink and a 10-cent hot dog.”



18-year-old Frank and 16-year-old Tommie eloped on February 6, 1942.
Frank served in the U.S. Marines before the couple had children.

They had five kids, but they have now all passed away.

The Lord took our wonderful five children to live with him because he believed they were more precious than we realized, Tommie stated.

More than 20 grandkids and great-grandchildren are presently theirs.
How did Frank and Tommie manage to have one of the longest marriages when so many marriages end before the 10-year mark?

Over the years, their friendship has been sustained by four words.

Christ, we need to make a commitment to having Jesus in our life, Tommie remarked.

Additionally, they support empathy and communication.
The couple held a celebration at a nearby restaurant to commemorate their 80th wedding anniversary. When Frank reaches 99 in March, they will have their subsequent celebration!



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