“If you’re gonna be married for a long time, have a lot of fun before you get married,” she said. “Even though we had a lot of fun after we were married.” Charlie and Pat went on vacations to Florida a lot during their marriage, and would dance at the Elks Club on the weekends in Kokomo. They also have two daughters. One who lives in Chapel Hill N.C., and the other in Lexington, Ky. They agree their marriage wasn’t always perfect, but they’re thankful it has lasted so long. Over the past 64 years, the Piersons have learned a lot about being married. “Try to learn to have patience, put up with each other, and make each other happy,” Charlie said. “Sixty-four years, you gotta have a lot of patience.” Pat has shown her patience recently when she has had to help Charlie, since he has a hard time walking. “She’s a good nurse,” he said of Pat. “She takes good care of me. I don’t know what I’d do without her.” He has had several knee replacements and broken bones, and Pat helps him get things and assists him places, like getting into the shower. “When you say ‘better or worse,’ it’s worser than you think sometimes,” Pat said. “I never thought I’d be bathing him.” Pat is relatively healthy, and they are both glad she has the ability to help him so much. “I laugh when I see older couples holding hands,” Pat said. “I wonder if they’re having a tender thought or if they’re holding each other up,” she laughed.