In this era of online dating and modern relationships, it’s getting hard to find a love story that genuinely warms your souls and melts your heart.
But once in a while, you find a couple that gives you hope that true love and happily ever after really exists.
Such a love story is that of Herbert DeLaigle, 94, and Marilyn Frances DeLaigle, 88, from Georgia. The couple had been married for 71 years, and they both died on the same day, exactly 12 years apart.
The couple’s caretaker, Sharon Gibbons Brown, described the incredible love she saw between Herbert DeLaigle and Marilyn Frances DeLaigle.
With a touching tribute, Sharon Gibbons wrote on Facebook:
“They lived together, loved together, laughed together, and passed on the same day.”
“They really had some love story. I’ve read about this kind of love, heard about it, seen it in movies but having contact and actually getting to know the individuals actually takes it to a whole different level.”
“Being in the presence of the DeLaigles was such a blessing.”
Their Love Story Began 72 Years Ago
According to WRWD, the couple’s love story began nearly 72 years ago in a cafe. They did an interview with WRDW-TV in 2018 to celebrate their 70th marriage anniversary.
Herbert DeLaigle said in the interview:
“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.”
The couple told WRDW that for their first date, they went to the movies. And one year later, Herbert asked Marilyn Frances a hand in marriage.
They Nearly Missed Their Wedding
During their wedding ceremony, the couple was so excited to become husband and wife. But their wedding almost failed to happen because they were an hour late to the wedding venue.
But they were able to convince the pastor, and the service was held in a hurry.
Frances told News 12:
“He was always late.”
Laughing, Herbert told the news outlet that he only paid $5 for Frances.
What an Adorable Couple!
Honoring the couple, Sharon Gibbons described the moment she met the loving couple:
“When I met them, I thought they were so cute the way they had their recliners set right next to each other smiling and looking into each other’s eyes as they talked.”
“You could feel the love they had for each the moment you walked into their room; they were both so pleasant and humble, they accepted me as their caregiver just minutes after meeting them.”
She also described the first night as their caretaker.
“They were awake holding hands like 4 a.m. in the morning telling each other how much they loved each other.”
“They smiled, giggled, and played like teenagers falling in love for the first time.”
Marilyn DeLaigle spent six years in Germany with her husband, who served in the Army during World War II, according to an obituary.
Herbert DeLaigle 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.