On Friday, a Georgian couple married for over 71 years died exactly 12 hours apart at each other’s side.
According to DeLoach McKerley-Prescott Funeral homes, Herbert and Marilyn DeLaigle were aged 94 and 88 respectively. The husband died at 2:20 a.m., and his wife at 2:20 p.m.
The family of the deceased told WRDW, "It's amazing how they were together for 71 years and now they are together in heaven."
Herbert was a military veteran, and after serving in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, he became a master sergeant in the U.S. Army.
The couple had lived in many states during his service. They had lived in Germany for six years, and worked with each other at Marilyn's Nursery near Waynesboro, GA. According to their obituaries, they were members of the Botsford Baptist Church and the Senior Citizen Club.
In a Facebook post in honor of the couple, Sharon Gibbons Brown, their caretaker, stated, "They lived together, loved together, laughed together and passed on the same day."
She added, "To God be the Glory for such an opportunity. It may not seem like much to some, but to me it's priceless."
The couple left behind 6 children, 16 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.
In a local news profile aired last year on their 70th anniversary, they told the reporter that they had met at a cafe in their hometown when they were 22 and 16 years old.
Herbert told WRDW, "Frances worked at a little cafe we had in Waynesboro named White Way Cafe. 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."
They had dated for a year when he finally asked for her hand in marriage. He said, "I asked her will she have me as her husband and she said, of course."
Brown stated that "They were awake holding hands like 4 a.m. in the morning telling each other how much they loved each other."