LFF celebrates life-long marriage and strong, healthy families. Louisiana’s Longest Married is an opportunity to honor couples who have exemplified fidelity and devotion in their marriage covenant. A special desert reception will be held in their honor at the Governor’s Mansion on Valentine’s Day.
Introduced by a best friend, Norman and Norma Burmah met at the "Roof Garden Dance Hall" in New Orleans during a live performance by Louis Armstrong playing their theme song “What a Wonderful World.” They were married shortly thereafter on January 26, 1931, and the two remain inseparable.
“Maw” and “Paw,” as their family fondly calls them, begin each day in prayer. Norma remarks that she’s a “young 98” and continues to prove this through her love of parties and her independent trip to France only years ago. Norma also added that she has never driven a day in her life. However, Norman is not shy of his achievements adding that he rode his first jet-ski at 92! While he’s a student of politics and football, she’s a fan of “Lawrence Welk” and enjoys going to the movies. They created a livelihood together, operating a catering business inspired by their Creole heritage.
They lived in New Orleans until 2005, and, to this day, they both remain deeply devoted New Orleans Saints fans! After tragically losing their home during Hurricane Katrina, the Burmahs moved to Marksville, La. At 97 years of age, Norman proudly purchased their new home where they independently live along with their prize Rooster, “Jindal.”
They have been blessed with a healthy family consisting of two children, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren!
"Congratulations to Norman and Norma Burmah for your incredible 81 year journey together! You inspire and challenge us, and we celebrate your “wonderful world” together. Your heritage of enduring love, faith and family is … in Louisiana today,” Gene Mills, president of LFF, said.