February 5, 2021
After an exhaustive state-wide search, LFF is excited to announce the winners of the 2021 LFF Longest Married Contest!
This year, we celebrate Gail and Patsy Richardson of Gonzales La., who have been married an extraordinary 80 YEARS! What an incredible witness to the lasting legacy of marriage.
Gail is 101 and Patsy is 99 years old! Patsy recalls that on their first date, Gail took her fishing. Their lines got tangled and they’ve been together ever since!
Gail, a World War II veteran, was in the medical corps, traveled overseas in the hospital unit, and later moved into the infantry. Their oldest child was only six months old when Gail left for the service.
Gail and Patsy’s marriage was more than a joining of two hearts, it was a joining of two faiths. Gail attends First Baptist Church Gonzales and Patsy goes to St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Patsy says people told them they would never make it, but here they are, still together after 80 years! Still respecting one another’s active and loyal faith traditions! She says that they’ve always respected one another’s faith and it has never caused problems. Communication is key, according to Patsy.
For Gail, age is just a number. “You’re only as old as think you are, and I don’t think I’m very old,” he says.
The Richardson’s have two sons and one daughter who is deceased, 16 grandchildren (one deceased), 24 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
The remainder of LFF’s 2021 Marriage Hall of Fame inductees will be announced soon!
LFF believes that marriage – a lifelong institution of commitment between one man and one woman – is the institution best suited for raising and caring for a family. It remains a top policy priority of LFF despite organized opposition from within the federal government. God ordained the institution of marriage and it is our responsibility to preserve it from the next generation.
If you care about the issue of marriage and believe it deserves to be respected at the federal level and in Baton Rouge, I hope you’ll consider joining LFF with your financial support. There has never been a more important time to cut through the noise and do everything we can to promote marriage in public policy.
Maybe one day you and your spouse will attain the title of Louisiana’s Longest Married!
In His Service,
Louisiana Family Forum