A Georgia couple who spent most of their adult lives together passed away on the same day, exactly 12 hours apart.
Herbert DeLaigle met his wife Marilyn Frances when he was 22 and she 16. In a 2018 interview, he explained that day. “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.”
A year later they were engaged, then married. The pair went through WWII together when Herbert was in the Army, then endured both the Korean and Vietnam wars, which he also served in. Along the way the created a loving family including six children and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Last Friday, Herbert passed away at 2:20 a.m. at the age of 94. At 2:20 p.m., the 88-year-old Marilyn Frances died. In a statement, the family shared “It’s amazing how they were together for 71 years and now they are together in heaven. What an amazing love story that is.”