Searching for Alaska’s longest married couple


Each year since 2010 the largest faith-based marriage enrichment program in the world has spearheaded a national campaign to find the longest married couples throughout the United States.

Requests for nominations are broadcast over television, radio, newspapers and the internet.

In Alaska, David and Aleen Fison of Anchorage took top honors for 2014, after 70 years of marriage. The national winners were Harold and Edna Owings of Burbank, Calif., married 82 years.

This year’s winners will be announced during St. Valentine’s Day week, which coincides with World Marriage Day on the second Sunday of February. Nominations require the name of the couple, their wedding date and where they currently reside, plus a contact phone or email address of the individual nominating the couple. They can be emailed to Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 10, 2015.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has offered weekend retreats for more than 40 years. The programs include evening and half-day programs that are presented in churches. Located in more than 90 countries, the organization is considered the largest pro-marriage movement in the world.


To learn more, go to or contact the Alaska WWME Team Couple, James and Shaharriet Houchins, at (907) 644-8677.

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