An Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.
Helen Felumlee of Nashport in central Ohio died April 12. She was 92. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.
Helen Felumlee来自俄亥俄州中部城市纳什波特，4月12日，92岁高龄的她离开了人世；Helen的老公Kenneth Felumlee今年91岁，在老婆过世第二天早上也随她而去。
The couple’s children say the two met as teenagers and had been inseparable since then, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart.
Relatives told the Zanesville Times Recorder that after a few years of dating the young couple snuck off to a court house in Kentucky to elope with $5 in their pocket, enough to pay the $2 marriage fee.
The pair were married on Feb. 20, 1944, two days shy of Kenneth’s 21st birthday meaning he was too young to marry in Ohio.
"He just couldn’t wait," the couple’s son Jim Felumlee said.
Reportedly afraid to break the news to their parents, the couple spent the first weeks of their marriage living separately until Kenneth spoke up.
The two went on to have eight children with Kenneth working for a railroad company and as a mechanic before becoming a mail carrier. He was also an active member in their church, and willing to lend a hand whenever it was needed.
"There would be hours he wasn’t here, and she had all these kids, but she understood that it was a need in him to help other people," Linda Cody, one of the couple’s daughters told the Zanesville Times Recorder.
Cody said the two were deeply in love to the end. When their children grew up and had families of their own, they began traveling the country, visiting nearly all 50 states by bus.
When Helen became confined to a hospital bed, Kenneth took it hard, Cody told the paper.
"He would just reach out and grab her hand, but he would keep his head down because he couldn’t stand to see her hurting," Cody said.
Cody said her father began to fade about 12 hours after her mother died and told them that he didn’t want to leave her by herself.
"We knew when one went, the other was going to go," Cody told the newspaper. "We wanted them to go together and they did," she said.