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Deemed Too Young To Marry – 70 Years Later, She And Her Husband Are Still Together

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In the fishing village of Anse La Raye, there is a largely untold story of enduring love involving an initially reluctant teenage bride, her dissenting mother, and a tenacious suitor.

Mercedeste Joseph was the nineteen-year-old whose hand George Tarrington Paul, better known as ‘Ton Ton,’ requested in marriage.

He did so the old-fashioned way, by writing to her mother.

The mother said no. Her daughter was too young, and George was about thirty years old.

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In addition, George’s love was unrequited. It was love at first sight for him, but the object of his affection was not interested.

“When he saw me, he told me he loved me and would write my mother for me. I said, ‘Me? I am a young girl. I just left school. My mother wouldn’t accept you,” the then reluctant Mercedeste recalled.

However, George was persistent. He explained that the match had been made in heaven, and God, in a dream, had instructed him to marry her.

Mercedeste recalled that she did not hold out for long.

She told St. Lucia Times that George worked hard in her uncle’s garden and assisted the family.

Gradually, she became drawn to him and promised to marry no one else but him.

Mercedeste’s mother, opposed initially, also came around, and the wedding took place on April 8, 1953.

Mercedeste was then twenty years old.

As with all marriages, there were issues to overcome, a major one of which involved religion.

Mercedeste said one year after their marriage, George joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church while she was a Catholic.

“I didn’t like that,” she candidly admitted.

Nevertheless, she revealed that as their children grew, the youngsters wanted to become Adventists, too, and everyone joined that religion.

That solved the problem of religious division in the family.

Her husband, George, who had two children from a previous relationship before marriage, will become a centenarian on Thursday.

George, blind in his eighties, has been a farmer and at one time captained the Anse La Raye cricket team.

For about seventy years, he has also been a vegetarian.

His wife, Mercedeste, had some advice for young people getting married today.

“When you see is God that marry you, nobody can break that,” she declared, adding that trusting the Creator is the key to a long and happy marriage.

(Story updated to correct spelling of wife’s name)

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  1. Marriage is Honorable. Very inspiring.
    I pray that the good Lord continue blessing your union.

    I am a young wife myself in my twenties , 4 and a half years into marriage, my husband and I to are sabbath keepers. My prayer is that we leave together for 70 years or more just like u. this is great motivation for me.

    Oh how it pays to serve the lord.

    Once more blessings upon your union,

  2. Great Motivation.

    I pray that the Lord Continue blessing your union.

    This is great motivation for me being a young wife in my twenties, 4 and a half years married and also a sabbath keeper. I pray that the Lord blesses me to leave with my husband 70 years or more just like u.

    Oh how it pays to serve the Lord.

  3. Well I don’t see nothing wrong in that he is just 11 years older than her at the time she was indeed looking to young but as they age it will even out. At least that man knew what he was about and didn’t fool her like most stupid fellas do today. Like they say age is just a number.


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