Theresa Faiss, who along with her husband Wilbur, were recently recognized as having the country’s longest marriage, has died in Las Vegas. She was 97.
Theresa and Wilbur Faiss, a former Nevada state senator, were married for 79 years. In January, they were honored by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter for having the longest marriage in the United States.
"She was an amazing woman who was adored by her three sons," her daughter-in-law, Linda Faiss, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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Theresa and Wilbur Faiss have a middle school named after them, and the couple would talk to students at the school every year. The honor was the biggest source of pride of their marriage, relatives told the Review-Journal.
Wilbur Faiss used to work at the Nevada Test Site, now known as the Nevada National Security Site. During his employment, Theresa Faiss ran the service station and a café along with the couple’s three sons, according to the paper.
Faiss is survived by her sons, Robert, Ron and Dan Faiss; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren, according to the Review-Journal. Her sister, Hazel, and brother Melvin preceded her in death.