2012 Louisiana Longest Married

Norman and Norma Burmah

81 Years!

Louisiana Family Forum today honored Norman and Norma Burmah, Louisiana’s Longest “Known” Married Couple, at a dessert reception in the Governor’s Mansion and congratulates the Top Covenant Keepers.

Norman and Norma Burmah, 101 and 98 years old respectively, met at the “Roof Garden Dance Hall” in New Orleans during a live performance by Louis Armstrong while “What a Wonderful World” played. They were married shortly thereafter on January 26, 1931, and the two remain inseparable.

“Congratulations to Norman and Norma Burmah for your incredible 81-year journey! You inspire and challenge us, and we celebrate your “Wonderful World” together. Your heritage of enduring love, faith and family is unmatched in Louisiana today,” Gene Mills, president of LFF, said.

The following Top Covenant Keeperswill be featured on LFF’s Hall of Fame for their years together:

  • 81years– Norma and Norman Burmah
  • 78years– Eloise and Bailey Thaxton
  • 77years– Lloyd and Evelyn Collins
  • 76years– Placide and Emily Moran
  • 73years– Lester and Jean Guidry
  • 72years– Dewey and Tressie Miller; Norma and Henry Lafont, Sr.; George and Hazel Demarest; and Esther and Woodrow Broussard

The Longest Known Married Couple was honored at a dessert reception today, Valentine’s Day, hosted by Louisiana’s First Couple. The Burmah’s extended family and friends were present to celebrate their lifetime achievement. The couple was presented with, among other gifts, a quilt by the Wasted Women’s Bee, a bouquet of flowers by David Heroman of Heroman’s Florist, Godiva Chocolate and a NFL football, signed by their beloved New Orleans Saints.

The Top Covenant Keepers will receive an Official Statement of Special Recognition from Gov. Jindal and will be entered into the LFF’s “Marriage Hall of Fame.” 

Every year during National Marriage Week, Feb. 7th to the 14th, LFF honors the longest married couples found in the state of Louisiana. LFF celebrates life-long marriage and embraces the opportunity to honor couples who have exemplified devotion in their marriage covenant.

LFF first located and honored George and Germaine Briant as Louisiana’s “longest married” couple in 2002. The Briants were married 84 years before passing away three days apart in 2005. Ralph and Dottie Richards, the 2011 Longest Married Couple, celebrated 81 years of marriage on February 28, 2011. Shortly thereafter, Ralph Richards passed away.

Click here for a picture of Louisiana’s 2012 Longest Married Couple at the Governor’s mansion celebration in their honor. Pictures and bios of the “Covenant Keepers” will be featured soon at lafamilyforum.org. For more information, contact Louisiana Family Forum at 225-344-8533 or at [email protected].

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