"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.
CNN: Once in a while, a couple comes along who gives you hope that true love still exists. Such is the story of Herbert DeLaigle, 94, and Marilyn Frances DeLaigle, 88. The couple died just 12 hours apart after 71 years of marriage. https://t.co/NOmYbdzoVp— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) July 16, 2019
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.
Family says Herbert and Marilyn Frances DeLaigle died just 12 hours apart after 71 years of marriage.— FOX 46 Charlotte (@FOX46News) July 16, 2019
“They lived together, loved together, laughed together and passed on the same day." ❤️😭 https://t.co/DVupflUCAu
"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.
They were married 71 years. And they passed away exactly 12 hours apart.— Yahoo Canada News (@YahooCanadaNews) July 16, 2019
Herbert DeLaigle died at 2:20 a.m. last Friday. His wife Marilyn Frances died at 2:20 p.m.
Incredible. 🖤 https://t.co/zFKhumLR6r pic.twitter.com/YeXmWzm9qW
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.
After 71 years of marriage, a Georgia husband and wife died on the same day Friday, exactly 12 hours apart.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 16, 2019
Herbert L. DeLaigle, 94, died at 2:20 a.m., and his wife, Marilyn Frances Kilpatrick DeLaigle, 88, died at 2:20 p.m.https://t.co/HGbIrBjcWg
"$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.
Sounds like my great-grandparents who passed away within minutes of each other 👀— 👻🎃 (@rhimaginemua) July 16, 2019
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.
Sadly, broken heart syndrome💔😔— Jamal Dhahi (@DhahiJamal) July 16, 2019