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AURORA, Ill. (CBS) – Illinois’ longest married couple will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Tuesday at the retirement community where they live in west suburban Aurora.

WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports 100-year-old Dale Chatfield is a bit hard of hearing, but otherwise is doing pretty well. His wife, Doris, is 91.

They met in the spring of 1938 and were married that October.

“We met at church, which is a good place to meet someone,” Doris said. “I think I knew right away and he says he knew right away.”

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

The Chatfields married in the basement of a Colorado church in October 1938.

“With not even a new dress or a flower; but I’ve got a good husband,” Doris said.

More than 73 years later, they’re still married and in love. Doris said they worked hard at their dry cleaning business and didn’t take a vacation until they retired.

Doris said Dale is the most unselfish and honest person she knows and her favorite time is when the two of them are together.

“I always tell him he only has two things to remember: I love him and I’ll be here for him,” she said.

So what makes a good marriage?

“We both just work together and we both have similar desires,” she said.

Doris said she and Dale have had disagreements, but no yelling and screaming.

“You don’t always agree, we just never became a big issue,” Doris said.

She tells him she loves him and he’s written her poems.

“We’ve had a good life,” she said.

Together, Doris and Dale raised two children.

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