By Laura Marrinan
LAS VEGAS - Theresea Faiss, wife of former state Sen. Wilbur Faiss and half of the America's longest marriage, has died in Las Vegas at the age of 97, the Star Tribune reported Friday.
Faiss has been recognized just months ago by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter as having the longest marriage in America, 79 years, the International Business Times reported.
"She was an amazing woman who was adored by her three sons," Linda Faiss, her daughter-in-law, told the Las Vegas Review Journal. "Fortunately the family got together a couple of days ago for Dad's 101st birthday."
Earlier this year, President Barack Obama planned on giving the couple a public acknowledgment in southern Nevada, but the couple was unable to attend the event, the Star Tribune reported. Family members said they were able to meet the president at a later date.
The couple also has a middle school named after them, the International Business Times reported. They would go and speak with students at the school every year.