NORMAN & NORMAN BURMAH – 81 YEARS
Introduced by a best friend, Norman and Norma Burmah met at the “Roof Garden Dance Hall” in New Orleans during a live performance by Louis Armstrong. They were married shortly thereafter on January 26, 1931, and the two remain inseparable.
“Maw” and “Paw,” as their family fondly calls them, begin each day in prayer. Norma remarks that she’s a “young 98” and continues to prove this through her love of parties and her independent trip to France only years ago. Norma also added that she has never driven a day in her life. However, Norman is not shy of his achievements adding that he rode his first jet-ski at 92! While he’s a student of politics and football, she’s a fan of “Lawrence Welk” and enjoys going to the movies. They created a livelihood together, operating a catering business inspired by their Creole heritage.
They lived in New Orleans until 2005, and, to this day, they both remain deeply devoted New Orleans Saints fans! After tragically losing their home during Hurricane Katrina, the Burmahs moved to Marksville, La. At 97 years of age, Norman proudly purchased their new home where they independently live along with their prize Rooster, “Jindal.”
They have been blessed with a healthy family consisting of two children, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren! Click here to read more on the Burmah’s story and their celebration at the Louisiana Governor’s mansion!
LLOYD & EVELYN COLLINS – 77 YEARS
In the early 1930s, a Louisiana girl named Evelyn joined two friends on a date, but became a search for a companion for Evelyn. Their quest ended at an evening service of a local church. Quietly observing the congregation through the church’s window, Evelyn spied a possible suitor. While she waited in the car, her friends entered into the service to meet Lloyd. He agreed to meet his mystery admirer, not knowing it would lead to years of happiness.
On August 11, 1934, Lloyd and Evelyn were wed in a pastor’s home in Winnfield where Lloyd’s brother had wed only one month earlier. The couple began their married life together, living in Hodge, Louisiana where they both worked at the paper mill. Lloyd’s 27-year career with Mississippi River Fuel led them to Sherill, Arkansas. Their family grew during this time with the birth of their daughter, Lisa Newman.
Upon retirement, they returned to Louisiana, built a home in Punkin Center near Quitman, and enjoyed their 3 grandchildren, gardening and ceramics. And, so it was, that Lloyd and Evelyn met each other through opposite sides of a windowpane. Only expecting a night of good company, they instead shared decades of memories which now are the story of their lives.
ELOISE & BAILEY THAXTON – 78 YEARS
PLACIDE & EMILY MORAN – 75 YEARS
During a large Cajun reunion in 1936, the two met and fell love. After a short courtship, were married in Arnaudville, LA of the same year. Their first home was built by their own hands from timber they personally cut and dried. However, difficult times soon emerged as they entered into the Great Depression. The early years of marriage were trying, but steadily they worked side by side and eventually moved to Port Barre, La., and built a successful life for themselves and their children. Placide managed several acres, while Emily helped him farm the land. Emily also raised four children and maintained what her grandchildren call “the most orderly home in the world.”
Devout Catholics, the Moran’s are members of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Port Barre, LA. They are no longer able to make the trip to town for mass every week but are visited in their home by the church for prayer and communion on Sunday morning.
Together they raised four children, Rodney Moran who now lives in Texas, Versie Moran Hebert of Rayne, La., Charles Moran and Blaine Moran, both who still reside in Port Barre, LA. They have seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Their life story is composed of both great hardships but memorable joys. Together they survived the Great Depression, raised a large family, and watched the new century emerge from the creation of new technologies to observing the moon landing on television (which Placide, to this day, argues was a hoax). Placide, at the age of 96 and Emily, 91, live comfortably in the privacy of their own home, walking side-by-side as they have for the past 75 years.
Both Placide and Emily agree that the secret of a long successful marriage is devotion to The Lord Jesus Christ, dedication and unconditional love to their family and say they continue to say, “to get on and ride ‘til the wheels fall off.”
LESTER & JEAN GUIDRY – 73 YEARS
GEORGE & HAZEL DEMAREST – 72 YEARS
DEWIE & TRESSIE MILLER – 72 YEARS
Their story began 72 years ago in the “piney woods” of Vernon parish and continues there still. Dewey and Tressie attended the same church as children and one day realized they were in love. On a cold, rainy December 22 in 1939, after school, Dewey and Tressie eloped. They found a country preacher who tied their proverbial knot.
This began their long adventurous journey together 72-plus years ago. They are proud of their accomplishments. They continue to attend the same church together and enjoy gardening, sewing and traveling. Since 2008, they have visited Washington D.C., Philadelphia, PA and Williamsburg, VA. Together, they have discovered the joy of flying and are making up for lost time.
Dewey and Tressie have two sons, Lamar and Kenneth, and a daughter, Priscilla. They are very proud of their children. Their family has grown to encompass five generations and includes 7 grandchildren, 15 great- grandchildren and one great-great grandson. The entire family continues to gather for holidays and to celebrate special occasions together.
When asked their secret to success, they gave three responses, “We are God-loving, bill-paying people. If the other fellow can do it, so can I.” Lastly, “Believe in the Lord first and then yourself.” Certainly, these are words to live by!
ESTHER & WOODROW BROUSSARD – 72 YEARS
Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow Broussard, Sr. of Loreauville, La. were married Dec. 27, 1939. The couple is blessed with 7 children, Norma (Don) Vital, Laura Antoine, Monica Broussard, Gwendolene Nora, Myra Anthony, Woodrow Broussard, Jr. and Paul Broussard. The couple has 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Broussard is the former Esther Willis. They affirm that faith in God is the greatest contribution to a successful marriage.
NORMA & HENRY LAFONT – 71 YEARS
In 1939, a young woman caught a young man’s eye on a school bus and he said to his friend, “I’m going to marry her one day,” and he did. Henry Lafont, Sr. and Norma Pitre Lafont were married on June 22, 1940. He was sixteen years old, and she was fifteen. Together, they have 2 children Deanna and Henry Jr., 4 grandchildren and six great-grand children.
Lifelong residents of Golden Meadow, they still live in their own home. Throughout the years, Henry worked as a boat captain, shrimper and in the oilfields, while Norma cared for the family at home.
Family remains most important to them. Taking great pride in their family’s accomplishments, they have never missed a graduation, recital, awards banquet or any other important activity for any of the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Leading active social lives, Norma and Henry stay busy attending lunches and dinners for one organization or another and remain strongly committed to their church. Members of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, the Lafonts until recently, were both Eucharistic Ministers. Henry is still active in the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society and Norma continues to enjoy her membership to the Ladies Alter Society and the KC Auxiliary.
Looking back on their story, they say today that they’ve lived a very good life. When asked how to have a successful marriage Norma says it takes “a lot of love and patience.”
Norman and Norma Burmah