Villarmas credit patience and forgiveness for 67 years of marriage


February 9, 2022

Sarah Aslam/Wrangell Sentinel

Felix Villarma, 89, and Verda Villarma, 88, will celebrate 67 years of marriage on May 20. When you put two personalities together, Verda says, "there is always some kind of conflict," adding, "we just managed to get through everything."

Verda Villarma remembers Felix Villarma winked at her from the bleachers at a high school football game in Idaho seven decades ago. She was a cheerleader.

"She was a good looking gal," he said.

"Every time I'd look up there, he'd wink at me," Verda said. That was the first time they met.

"He was very good looking," she added.

Verda turns 89 in June, and Felix turns 90 later this month.

On May 20, the couple will celebrate 67 years of marriage.

"It sometimes amazes me," Verda said.

Felix came down from Wrangell for college in the fall of 1950, at what was then known as Southern Idaho Co...

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