PARIS, Texas - The sound of "Amazing Grace" fills the home of Eunice and Lloyd Ford near Paris, as Eunice plays. What's amazing is the 100-year-old wife and her 102-year-old husband's longevity.
The couple recently celebrated their 83rd wedding anniversary. "One thing, I liked his looks," Eunice said. "I liked the way he acted." "I guess she likes me pretty good,"
They farmed, owned a grocery and a lawnmower repair business. Eunice took up painting. Lloyd, a long-time mason, made clocks and custom woodwork. They've weathered many storms in 83 years; losing a home to fire and surviving the depression. "We was so poor that the depression didn't make much difference to us," Eunice said.
Those tough times only strengthened their love. The key, they said, to keeping a marriage from unraveling was avoiding fights. "We never did quarrel or anything," Eunice said. "If I got mad, I walked off and left him to cool off."