Lessons on love from local sweethearts (GALLERY)

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

Martha says companionship is worth learning to find the middle ground. In their nearly 12 years of marriage, they have only disagreed about minor issues.

“We compromise because life is too short to argue,” says Martha, who is 80. “Love is thinking of the other person and providing for their needs.”

Art and Martha had been married before they met in 2001. Two years after their spouses passed away they found each other.

Today, they travel the world on cruises and trips, throwing in a new wedding ceremony along the way.

For Valentine’s Day the pair planned to head to the Caribbean to celebrate, and hope to have another trip in September.

“The older we get, the more we see that we need help,” Martha said. “If I were alone, how much more difficult that would be.

“Our lives are so much more fulfilling and joyful because we have each other.”

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