Benton couple honored as state’s longest married couple

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Governor Bobby Jindal and First Lady Supriya Jindal held a reception at the Governor’s Mansion Thursday to honor Louisiana’s longest married couples.

LAsealThis year, the longest married couple in Louisiana is Lawrence and Varrie Player of Benton, who have been married for 80 years. They married in 1935, when Lawrence was 21 and Varrie was 15.

The couple has 8 living children, 35 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.  When asked what the secret is to making their relationship work, the Players said, “[Do] unto others as you would have done to you and good things will come your way.”

Gov. Jindal added, “Supriya and I are thrilled to meet these dedicated couples of Louisiana who are celebrating life-long marriages together. Marriage is a gift, and I am honored to recognize the commitment that these couples have made to one another during National Marriage Week.”

Since 2002, Louisiana Family Forum has identified Louisiana’s longest married couple to honor the institution of marriage. This year, ten couples were recognized with a proclamation celebrating their anniversaries.

Governor Jindal recognized those couples, who were also inducted into the LFF Marriage Hall of Fame. They are:

• Lawrence and Varrie Player of Benton, 80 Years
• George and Laura Harris of Baton Rouge, 74 years
• Dr. Carl and Minnie Kelly of Benton, 74 years
• Joseph and Felicie Rogillio of Rosedale, 73 years
• Albert and Margaret Broas of Marrero,  73 years
• Charles and Rita Serio of Morganza, 72 years
• Arnold and Olga Jones of Junction City, 72 years
• Charles and Helen Simon of Mansura, 72 years
• John and Eileen Stannard of Leesville, 72 years
• Joe and Eloise Marler of Otis, 71 years