NEW ORLEANS- Longtime New Orleans residents Norman and Norma Burmah recently celebrated their 82nd wedding anniversary and are now believed to be the longest living married couple in the United States. They have been married since 1931.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal recognized the couple last year on Valentine’s Day as the longest living married couple in Louisiana. Norman is 102 years old and Norma will celebrate her 100th birthday on July 4.
Recent national attention touting a Connecticut couple married 80 years as “The Longest Living Married Couple” created a stir among Burmah family members. “We knew our grandparents were Louisiana’s longest married couple and were pretty sure they were the longest living African-American couple in the United States, but the fact that they could be the country’s longest living married couple is just phenomenal,” granddaughter Glenda McKinley said. “We see them as our national treasure,” she added.
The Burmahs once owned a private catering company and still enjoy entertaining in their home, where they live independently. They went through much of the Great Depression together, World War II and the social upheavals of the 1960s. Then in 2005, after about three-quarters of a century together in New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina decimated their New Orleans East neighborhood. They moved to Marksville, LA to be near their daughter.
The Burmahs have two daughters (one deceased), six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.