GA Couple Die 12 Hours Apart After 71-Year Marriage

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By Leanna Faulk and Jamiel Lynch, July 16, 2019

CNN – This is the story of Herbert DeLaigle, 94, and Marilyn Frances DeLaigle, 88.

The couple died just 12 hours apart on Friday after 71 years of marriage.

The DeLaigles’ story began nearly 72 years ago in a cafe.

“Frances worked at a little cafe,” Herbert DeLaigle said in a 2018 interview. “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 went to the movies for their first date. One year later, he asked her to be his wife.

Marilyn spent six years in Germany with her husband who served in the Army during World War II. Herbert also served in Korea and Vietnam and retired from the Army after 22 years of service.

The couple is survived by their six children, 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Read more.