After 71 years of marriage, a husband and wife die on the same day

Last Update: July 16, 2019 at 10:53 am


DATE: July 16, 2019



After 71 years of marriage, a husband and wife die on the same day

In the age of modern relationships and online dating, it’s hard to find a love story that genuinely melts your heart and warms your soul.

But once in a while, a couple comes along who gives you hope that true love still exists.
Such 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, according to CNN affiliate WRDW/WAGT.

Their love story began 72 years ago

The DeLaigles’ story began nearly 72 years ago in a cafe, according to WRDW/WADT.
“Frances worked at a little cafe we had in Waynesboro named White Way Cafe,” Herbert DeLaigle said in a 2018 interview with WRDW/WAGT. “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 told the affiliate they went to the movies for their first date. One year later, he asked her to be his wife.
According to an obituary, Marilyn DeLaigle spent six years in Germany with her husband who served in the Army during World War II.
Herbert DeLaigle also served in Korea and Vietnam and retired from the Army after 22 years of service, according to his obituary.
The couple is survived by their six children, 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held for the couple on Monday.