Published: Thursday April 24, 2014 MYT 3:30:00 PM
Updated: Thursday April 24, 2014 MYT 9:55:08 AM

Couple married 70 years, held hands every breakfast, dies 15 hours apart

A couple who met as teenagers and were married for 70 years, almost never sleeping apart according to their kids, died within 24 hours of each other.

Helen Felumlee, 92, died on April 12 at their home in Nashport, Ohio, about 88km east of Columbus, and her husband Kenneth Felumlee, 91, passed away the next day, both of natural causes according to their joint obituary. “We knew when one went, the other was going to go,” daughter Linda Cody told the Zanesville Times Recorder. “We wanted them to go together, and they did.”

Helen and Kenneth met in their home state of Ohio when she was 18 and he was 19. Three years later they eloped to get married on Feb 20, 1944, after lying to their parents that they were going for a day trip to Kentucky. They didn't tell their folks about the wedding until a few weeks later.

Kenneth and Helen surrounded by their kids.

The American couple raised eight kids together, the obit said. Helen was a homemaker and Kenneth was a railroad worker (and later a mail carrier), and both were active in the Methodist church where they taught Sunday school. They spent their retirement travelling to all 50 US states by bus, and even after 70 years of marriage they still ate breakfast holding hands, Cody added.

The couple never slept apart until three years ago, when Kenneth had part of his leg amputated due to circulation issues, said Cody. Helen became his main caretaker and also started spending some nights on the couch. “She was staying strong for Dad and he was staying strong for her,” said their daughter. “That’s what kept them going.”

Kenneth passed away surrounded by his family members at his bedside after saying “Mum’s dead,” Cody remembered.  The couple also had 23 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren, according to the obituary. – Reuters 

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