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The year was 1910.

William Taft was President of the United States and the Boy Scouts were founded.

Centenarians Al and Betty Rose took a limo
ride down “Memory Lane,” including stops in
Oregon, in celebration of their recent 79th
wedding anniversary.

It was also the year Al Rose and Elizabeth (Betty) Dye were born.

Al and Betty have witnessed a great deal of history in their 100 years on earth. But they have also accomplished something very few people have been able to do. Al and Betty have each lived to be 100 years old, and they have been married for 79 years – since 1931.

The Roses are residents of The Elizabeth Scott Community, an assisted living and long-term care facility in Maumee. On Monday, June 7, the facility celebrated the Roses’ anniversary with a limousine ride down memory lane.

“We’ve researched this online and, from what we could find, there are only two cases in the United States where the married couple were both at least 100-years-old,” said Matt Bucher, director of Marketing for The Elizabeth Scott Community. “The odds of this happening are astronomically low. Since this is a special anniversary for the Roses, we wanted to do something for them to commemorate their many years together.”

The Roses excursion began with when Al and Betty Rose, their five children and spouses got into the limo at Elizabeth Scott.

They traveled 45 minutes south on I-75 to Findlay, where they visited the house where they were married 79 years ago, located at 318 Washington St.

After a lunch with their family members in a private room at Cafe Marie’s on Main Street in Findlay, the Mayor of Findlay issued a proclamation honoring the Roses on their unique anniversary.

The limo then traveled north to Oregon for a visit to the city’s Water Department where Al worked. They also made a stop at the home in which they lived for most of their married lives -- 3441 Worden Rd, in Oregon.

Al and Betty have been residents of The Elizabeth Scott Community since August 2007. Al turned 100-years-old on Jan. 1st of this year, and Betty was close behind celebrating her 100th birthday on April 8.

“They’re a popular couple with our other residents,” Bucher said. “Al and Betty are both genuinely nice people and have a lot of memories and stories to share.”

In addition to working for the Oregon Water Department, Al was active in the volunteer fire department, and taught first aid.

Betty served as a homemaker. Together they have five children: sons Roger (Sheila), John (Verna), David (Cynthia), and Marten (Kathy); and daughter Sharon Kourous. In their younger years, both Al and Betty enjoyed the outdoors. Betty was also an avid knitter.

Centenarians Al and Betty Rose took a limo ride down “Memory Lane,” including stops in Oregon, in celebration of their recent 79th wedding anniversary.



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