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What Happens When Your Soulmate of 79 Years Dies?

Photo by John Locher for the Las Vegas Review-Journal

It was a love that was going to last forever. Perhaps it didn’t last “forever” but it did run 79 years.

We took note when we saw that Theresa Faiss, wife of a former Nevada state senator died earlier this week at the age of 97. Faiss and her husband Wilbur operated businesses around the Las Vegas area for more than 60 years, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. They even had a school named after them.

Earlier this year the doting couple was honored by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter as the longest-married couple for 2012. (Married on May 13, 1924 Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher hold the current Guinness World Record for Longest Married Couple.)

In an time where more than half of marriages end in divorce or brides go on TV to land a beau, it’s hard to imagine being married to the same person for 79 years. Or in the case of the Fishers for 88 years. What happens to the surviving soulmate after being together for so long?

Wilbur Faiss explained to the Review-Journal in an earlier interview, that the key to success in politics or in marriage is “compromise.”

“Every day I ask her how she feels and, ‘Is there anything I can do for you?’ And say, ‘Honey, I still love you.'”