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Feb 20, 2014
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal held a reception at the Governor’s Mansion to honor Louisiana’s longest married couples. Ten couples were honored, with the longest married couple being Norman and Norma Burmah of Marksville, who have been married since January 26, 1931.
Governor Jindal said, “Supriya and I were honored to spend time with these couples. The couples are an example to all of us about the incredible institution of marriage.”
Louisiana’s longest married couple – Norman and Norma Burmah – was married in 1931. Norman is 102 years old and Norma is 99 years old. They have two daughters, six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. The Burmahs are members of the Louisiana Family Forum’s (LFF) Marriage Hall of Fame.
Since 2002, LFF has identified Louisiana’s longest married couple to honor the institution of marriage. LFF’s first recognized Longest Married Couple was George and Germaine Briant in 2002. The Briants were followed by Fernand and Emily Cavalier. Governor and First Lady honored the Cavaliers at the Governor’s Mansion in February 2008. The Governor and First Lady continued the tradition of hosting Louisiana’s Longest Married Couple at the Governor’s Mansion every year, honoring Newton and Anna Leger in 2009, Bennett and Pearl Robin in 2010, and Ralph and Dorothy Richards in 2011.