Couple married for 71 years die hours apart after ‘lifetime of love’

A couple married for 71 years died within three hours of each other after a 'lifetime of love'.

Herbert DeLaigle, 94, and his wife Marilyn, 88, took their final breaths on the same day, passing away side-by-side at their home in Georgia, America.

Marilyn passed away on July 12, just 12 hours after her husband Herbert.

The couple, who had six children, met in 1947 after meeting at a cafe in Waynesboro, before Herbert popped the question one year later.

After spending six years in Germany while Herbert worked as a U.S. Army sergeant, they returned to America – only spending a few days apart when Herbert had to go to hospital after a fall.

As well as their six children, the DeLaigles had 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

The couple's carer wrote about their amazing marriage after learning of their deaths via one of their sons.

Sharon Gibbons Brown wrote: "When I met them I thought they were so cute the way they had their recliners set right next to each other smiling and looking into each other's eyes as they talked.

"You could feel the love they had for each other the moment you walked into their room – they were both so pleasant and humble.

"The very first night I stayed with them they were awake holding hands at 4am in the morning telling each other how much they loved each other.

"They smiled and giggled and played like teenagers falling in love for the first time."

Sharon described their love like something "only seen in movies".

She added: "They celebrated 71 years of marriage in June they've been together practically all their life.

"They lived together loved together laughed together and passed on the same day.

"They really had some love story I've read about this kind of love, heard about it, seen it in movies but having contact and actually getting to know the individuals actually takes it to whole different level.

"Being in the presence of the Delaigles was such a blessing."

The Delaigle family said in a Friday statement, "It's amazing how they were together for 71 years and now they are together in Heaven. What an amazing love story that is."

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