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Couple Married for Seven Decades Dies Within Hours of Each Other

Kenneth Felumlee, Helen Felumlee
Kenneth and Helen Felumlee pose for a photo in September 1941. Felumlee family/AP

Kenneth and Helen Felumlee did almost everything together during 70 years of marriage. So it was little surprise that, when it came to the end, one couldn't live without the other. "We wanted them to go together, and they did," said their daughter

When Helen Felumlee died at the age of 92 last Saturday morning, her family knew it wouldn’t be long before her husband Kenneth followed. The two had been married for 70 years and by all accounts were near inseparable all their lives.

So the family wasn’t surprised when Kenneth, 91, died only 15 hours after his wife.

“We knew when one went, the other was going to go,” said daughter Linda Cody. “We wanted them to go together, and they did.”

The couple met when they were 18 and 19 years old and immediately got along, dating for three years before sneaking off to wed secretly in February 1944, reports the Zanesville Times Recorder. The couple had eight children in Nashport, Ohio, with Kenneth working as a railcar inspector and rural mail carrier.

The couple visited almost all 50 states by bus after Kenneth retired, and even in their final days, they ate breakfast together while holding hands.

[Zanesville Times Recorder]

 

 

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