Georgia Couple Married For 71 Years Die Exactly 12 Hours Apart: 'They Are Together In Heaven'

Georgia Couple Married For 71 Years Die Exactly 12 Hours Apart: 'They Are Together In Heaven'

"It's amazing how they were together for 71 years and now they are together in Heaven. What an amazing love story that is."

In an era of swift marriages, there are some couples that let us have faith in love. It is the time of online dating and modern relationships, which is why it's quite hard to come across a love story that can melt your heart and go 'awww'.  But, if you look hard enough, you do come across couples who have stories of love that can warm your soul and give you hope that true love still does exist.

Such is the story of Herbert DeLaigle, 94, and Marilyn Frances DeLaigle, 88. The couple died just 12 hours apart on Friday after 71 years of marriage. They just could not bear to live without each other, that they departed on the same day as well. If that's not true love, then I don't know what is. 



According to CNN affiliate WRDW, husband Herbert Delaigle died at 2:20 a.m. on Friday morning, and his wife Frances Delaigle died at 2:20 p.m. Friday afternoon.  Even the time of death is the same. Herbert and Frances Delaigle met when they were only 22 and 16, in a Waynesboro Cafe. "Frances worked at a little cafe we had in Waynesboro named White Way Cafe," Herbert said in a 2018 interview. 



"I kept seeing her going in and out, in and out and I had my eyes set on her. And then I finally got up the nerve to ask her if she would go out with me sometime." For their first date, they went to the movies. A year later, Herbert knew he was the one and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, so he popped the question."I asked her will she has me as her husband and she said, of course," Herbert said.



Frances didn't have to think twice to answer. She was sure Herbert was the love of her life. But, it was a wedding that almost did not happen. "He was always late," Frances said.

Herbert added the preacher almost didn't marry them because they were an hour late to the church. It took some convincing to get the preacher to agree, and they finally rushed through the service. It was one of the cheapest weddings to date. 



"$5 is all I paid for her," Herbert said with a laugh. Frances said that her husband was someone who always had a smile on his face, and loved a good laugh. And even at 93-year-old, he still cracked jokes.

"What do I like most about you?" Herbert asked Frances. "I don't know," she laughed. According to CNN, the couple is survived by their six children, 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.



In a marriage, when one partner dies following the death of the other partner, the second death is often attributed to a broken heart. "Broken heart syndrome -- which is, in fact, a real thing -- is when someone finds out some shocking news, typically terrible news, and there's a massive release of these stress hormones that are released into the bloodstream, and the heart is then bombarded with these stress hormones," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Severe emotional shock can cause an abrupt weakening of the heart, which can lead to a heart attack.


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