Elderly PA Couple Celebrates Marriage Milestone

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A Pennsylvania couple recently celebrated an incredible marriage milestone.

Mitchell and Mattie Atkins of Philadelphia are celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary. A group of family and friends recently gathered in their honor.

Mitchell is 97-years-young and Mattie is 103.The couple married back in 1930.

Mitchell says mutual respect is the secret for the couple's wedded bliss all these years.

"Accept them as you... as part of you, as one person, yourself...as you when you're married. And you treat her the same way," was Mitchell's advice.

The couple's daughter, Rashaun Atkins Smaller, says her parents' marriage is a "living love story."

"I feel so grateful because they've been excellent," Rashaun said. "They've been great parents and it was just a beautiful love story that … they've lived it out."

The couple has six children together.

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