Willie Williams, 100 (R) and her husband Daniel W. Williams (L) have been married for 82 years. | Screenshot

Willie Williams’ joie de vivre was palpable as she spoke in regards to the first time she met her 103-year-old husband, Daniel W. Williams.

At 100 years previous, the religious Christian girl can’t bear in mind all the main points from the second of their first assembly, however she is aware of that it’s the most effective reminiscence she has of the person she’s been married to for the final 82 years.

She remembers they have been at church. She was about 12 or 13. They have been in Newberry, South Carolina.

“My finest reminiscence is once we first met,” she recalled from her Charlotte, North Carolina, residence in a smooth, heat Southern drawl in an interview with The Christian Publish Wednesday.

“We met at church. I feel we grew to become pals and began speaking to one another … that’s been such a very long time,” she stated.

A couple of years later when Willie turned 18 and Daniel was 21, the 2 would finally marry. The precise particulars on how Daniel requested for her hand can be a bit fuzzy however Willie chuckled as she tried to think about what he seemingly stated.

“It’s been so lengthy I forgot the precise phrases,” she stated. “The one factor I may think about he would say is ‘honey, would you marry me.’”

Daniel doesn’t hear so nicely today however he remembers being struck by Willie’s magnificence once they first met.

“Oh, I don’t know,” he stated a bit reluctantly earlier than blurting out “her magnificence!” when requested about what first attracted him to his spouse.

The couple who’ve lived by wars, the Melancholy, and the civil rights period, not too long ago had an anniversary celebration on the First Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church in north Charlotte courtesy of their adoring relations. And Willie says regardless of their age, she and her husband are each “feeling high-quality thanks.”

“For our age I feel we’re [in very good health],” she stated.

They nonetheless reside independently for probably the most half. Willie cooks their meals and he or she will get assist with cleansing, laundry, and groceries from her household.

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Because the years have passed by, says Willie, folks from her group have typically reached out to them for recommendation on how they’ve managed to reside so lengthy collectively and their recommendation has remained the identical.

“[They] wish to know what we doing to have such a protracted life. And we attempt to simply inform them, clear dwelling,” stated the religious Christian.

“Typically folks will drink so much and that’s not good for you. I don’t really feel like consuming is an efficient factor for you,” she stated.

When requested about her weight-reduction plan, Willie didn’t get very particular. She advises, nevertheless, that individuals ought to eat issues which are good for his or her physique.

“Simply plain meals, not too many wealthy meals,” she stated of their weight-reduction plan. “We attempt to eat the proper issues. In case you really feel like its good for you, when you eat one thing and it doesn’t appear to do good for you, make you are feeling good, you don’t eat it anymore.”

She says for probably the most half, even when it’s laborious to imagine, she and her husband don’t take nutritional vitamins or are depending on any remedy to complement their well being.

“No, we don’t take nutritional vitamins,” she stated chuckling proudly. “It’s laborious to imagine huh?”

The one remedy past an unspecified tablet taken every day that Willie admits to utilizing on an as wanted foundation is Tylenol.

“Properly, like Tylenol if in case you have a headache or one thing like that, yeah. You are taking that,” she stated.

“In case you imply we’ve got to have a particular kind of medication daily, we don’t try this. You don’t imagine, nevertheless it’s the reality,” she stated, laughing heartily.

Outdoors of attending church weekly and visits from household, Willie says she spends a number of time together with her husband daily and so they get pleasure from a every day routine.

“Properly, you stand up and exit and get your paper. And we sit round the home and speak to one another. We now have some type of recreation or one thing we play,” she stated. “We do [enjoy each other’s company]. We now have been collectively so lengthy, we do.”

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The lifelong Baptists say their religion has been an enormous a part of their longevity.

“We go to church each Sunday. That’s a should in our home. We should go to church. We have been all the time taught to go in and it simply stayed with us. Each of us go to church,” she stated.

She insists that if folks observe the Spirit of the Christian religion they’d deal with one another higher and study much more from one another.

“You recognize you all the time know learn how to deal with folks and do the proper factor while you’re in church. To me, I’d be completely different from the people who don’t belong to the church,” she stated.

Whereas she doesn’t have a lot to say about why some Christian marriages fail, she provided a bit of recommendation for Christians who’re struggling of their marriage.

“Properly, one factor, you should preserve God in your life. You possibly can’t go with out Him now, you realize. You’re purported to have God in your life and also you pray and ask Him the best way,” she stated.

Willie defined that when it got here to coping with challenges in her personal marriage she couldn’t recall any main struggles as a result of they understood learn how to talk successfully with one another.

“Now, you wish to know the reality? It’s possible you’ll not imagine. We haven’t had any tough occasions. We all the time sit down and speak about issues. We sit down and each talk about it and see what was the most effective concept, one of the simplest ways to take care of that,” she stated.

She confused that life is admittedly easier when {couples} attempt to work issues out collectively.

“We’ve all the time sat down collectively when something was incorrect. We might sit down and speak about it collectively. You recognize, the 2 of us, simply the 2 of us, and see what was the most effective methodology to take, don’t you suppose?” she requested. “We simply sit down and speak about it. Not carrying on. Simply the 2 of us.”

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And her husband agrees that good and open communication has been a serious linchpin within the success of their union.

“In case you see one thing go incorrect [with your spouse] simply inform them about it. That’s how I see it,” stated Daniel.

“While you do the factor that’s proper, keep out of hassle, and all that and you retain a clear life [things will all work out],” he stated.

Willie stated from very early on additionally they each understood that they needed to contribute to the success of their marriage. So along with being dedicated to their religion, additionally they each labored to contribute to the funds of their family.

“Each of us labored. That was a should in our home. You’re purported to work,” she stated matter-of-factly.

She doesn’t imagine within the idea of a housewife.

“I labored on the nursing residence and he labored on the meatpacking firm for years. Within the nursing residence you deal with the elder folks and I cherished that,” she stated.

It’s been so lengthy since they retired that she doesn’t bear in mind how lengthy it has been since they final labored to earn an earnings.

“Oh Lord, I can’t actually let you know that,” she stated. “I finished forgot how way back that was nevertheless it’s been a while since we labored.”

Willie additionally meditates so much on the scripture Matthew 5:eight that claims, “Blessed are the pure in coronary heart: for they shall see God.”

“I like ‘blessed are the pure in coronary heart: for they shall see God,” Willie stated. “I’ve simply all the time cherished that scripture.”

Students at Acquired Questions explains that being pure in coronary heart “entails having a singleness of coronary heart towards God. A pure coronary heart has no hypocrisy, no guile, no hidden motives. The pure coronary heart is marked by transparency and an uncompromising want to please God in all issues. It’s greater than an exterior purity of habits; it’s an inside purity of soul. The one means we could be really pure in coronary heart is to offer our lives to Jesus and ask Him to do the cleaning work.”

Requested if she believes her “clear dwelling” may result in many extra years of life, Willie replied:  “I don’t know whether or not to say sure or no to that. I hope so.”

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