Husband and Wife Die On the Same Day 12 Hours Apart After Being Married for 71 Years

The DeLaigles, pictured together in 2018, were married for 71 years after initially meeting in 1947

A husband and wife from Georgia who were together for 71 years died just 12 hours apart on the same day.

Herbert DeLaigle, 94, and Marilyn Frances DeLaigle, 88, were married in 1948 and died on Friday at a hospital in Waynesboro.

According to WRDW Herbert died at 2.20am, and Marilyn Frances died exactly 12 hours later.

The couple met in a Waynesboro cafe back in 1947 where Marilyn was working.

‘Frances worked at a little cafe we had in Waynesboro named White Way Cafe,’ Herbert DeLaigle said in a 2018 interview with WRDW.

‘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.’

Herbert said they went to the movies for their first date, and just a year later he proposed.

Herbert DeLaigle served in the Second World War, Korean War and the Vietnam War before retiring

Marilyn DeLaigle went on to spend six years in Germany with her husband who served there during the Second World War.

He served again in Korea and Vietnam before eventually retiring from the Army after 22 years of service.

Together they had six children and a total of 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and even three great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held for the DeLaigles on Monday this week.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, George Martin