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She's the most-married Ohioan: 10 times

CLEVELAND (AP) - Connie Post has seen an awful lot of dresses, wedding cakes and bouquet tosses.

An analysis of marriage licenses in Ohio, conducted by The Plain Dealer and published Friday to coincide with Valentine's Day, showed that Post, of Columbus, is the most-married woman in Ohio.

She's been married 10 times.

"I do believe in marriage and I think the way I've lived my
life proves it," she said.

A review of Ohio marriage licenses issued in 2000 found brides as old as 90 and as young as 15, couples with 12 prior marriages between them and couples with a 50-year difference in their ages.

In 1970, the median age for first marriages in the United States was 20.8 years for women and 23.2 years for men.

People marry later now: in 2000, it was 25.1 for women and 26.8 for men.

Howard Boettcher of Cincinnati was 96 when he married
79-year-old Alma Eppler: neither minds the jokes about robbing the cradle.

They never seriously considered living together before they got married in 2000.

"It's just a matter of being old-fashioned if you want to call it that," he said.

In the Columbus area, Austin and Alicia Southwick of Delaware defied the odds, marrying and having their first child before they graduated from high school. They now have two children.

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