One Hundred Year Old Couple

By: Steve Hensley Email
By: Steve Hensley Email

They've lived to be one hundred years old and they spent most of that time together.

Marshall and Pruda North spend most of their days relaxing and watching their favorite local religious programs.

The Norths were born in 1907 and grew up in eastern Kentucky during a time many of us have only heard stories about.

“It was hard times, everybody had to raise what they ate. If they didn't raise it why they didn't eat it,” Pruda North said.

The Norths remember things like the first time they saw something strange in the sky.

“The first airplane come through here, I saw it and I ran in and got under the bed,” Pruda said.

Pruda North cared for ten kids while her husband worked in the coal mines.

Now they have dozens of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

After 77 years, they say they don't really have a secret to a happy marriage or living to be 100.

“That's the lord's work, not mine,” Pruda said.

Pruda North does admit she still does one thing that might surprise you.

“I've got one bad habit, I chew tobacco,” Pruda said.

One of the North's daughters stays with them most of the time.

“I may be here when the world comes to an end, can't never tell,” Pruda said.

The Norths say they don't fear death and hope to one day be in a better place.

The North's ten children are still living. The oldest is 76 and the youngest is 48.

They'll both turn 101 later this year.


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  • by Suzie Location: Pikeville on Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00 PM
    Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary!! God Bless you both and your large family! What a precious thing to read about in the news.
  • by amazed Location: leslie on Jan 15, 2008 at 03:29 PM
    What a lesson to be learned from this beautiful couple, and they look so very happy. Go WYMT for a wonderful interview. You both deserve an award. Thanks
  • by Karen Location: somerset on Jan 15, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    Thank you wymt for a job well done to recognize these two that has been together for so long. They are my grandparents and hope all of us get it after them to be together as long as them and alive for 100 years
  • by missy Location: leslie co on Jan 15, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    Thanks wymt for doing this. they are my grandparents. I am very lucky to have them. thanks for all the nice comments. please keep them in your prayers.
  • by becky Location: bell co on Jan 15, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    this is what the meaning of true love is everyone's dream of spending life with their soul mate.i hope they enjoy their rocking years together god has sure blessed this family
  • by Sara Location: Hindman on Jan 15, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    I would love to have a in depth interview from this couple about what it was like when they grew up, what they went through, etc. That would be interesting.
  • by Frank Location: Somerset Ky on Jan 15, 2008 at 05:43 AM
    Thanks for the best news,you gueys do a wonderful job,with the news and weather,I look forwad each day to read what you gueys come up with,wonderful thanks.
  • by Happy101 Location: Eastern KY on Jan 15, 2008 at 04:38 AM
    What a wonderful story. This sounds like a wonderful family. All their grandchildren are lucky to have grandparents this old to tell them and teach them about life.
  • by sue Location: cumberland on Jan 15, 2008 at 04:15 AM
    I love stories like this....would love to see a more in depth story on this couple.....THIS IS AMAZING!! May God Bless this entire family.
  • by Anonymous Location: leslie on Jan 14, 2008 at 10:03 PM
    this is amazing they still have all ten children living not many are blessed like this and i hope that they continue getting blessed and dont have to face loosing a child or one another this is so amazing i hope that me and my husband can do the same

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