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Eastern Iowa couple celebrates 77 years of marriage


An eastern Iowa couple celebrated 77 years of marriage on Thursday.  Willard and Ruth Balfour met in 1936 through friends.

"We met with friends, I couldn't remember his name, so the next day I went across our high school assembly hall and I said [to a friend] 'what was that guy's name that I was with last night?' 'Willard,' I said 'oh my God I hate that name.'" Ruth Balfour said.

Afterwards, Ruth said she and Willard began dating.

"I guess he cared for me because that was on a Sunday night and I was surprised when he knocked on my door Friday night to ask for a date." Ruth said.

Willard Balfour said the couples first date was to a picture show. He said going to the picture show was something they both enjoyed.

"That is main the thing we went to back in those days." Willard Balfour said.

After countless dates with one another, the pair eloped on March 6, 1937.

"When we both got home our parents both said they didn't approve of it at our age, but now that we were married they wanted us to stay married." Ruth Balfour said Thursday.

Ruth and Willard Balfour have four children together. They said they have advice for those looking to tie the knot.

"They better think it over first before they make a quick decision. Poor advice from me because I made a quick decision." Willard Balfour said laughing.

The couple said they are just like any other couple and have had disagreements during those 77 years of marriage.

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