An elderly couple who were married for 71 years have died on the same day, just hours apart.
Elderly couple from Georgia, Marilyn DeLaigle, 88, and her husband, Herbert DeLaigle, 94, both died on Friday, July 12, according to an online obituary.
The couple were said to have passed away on same day, holding hands after 56 years of marriage
“Mrs. DeLaigle was married to Mr. Herbert DeLaigle for 71 years who entered into rest 12 hours prior to her,” according to a post on the DeLoach-McKerley-Prescott Funeral Home’s website.
The couple had six children.
“Her children said that she was a very devoted mother when their father had to be gone for months at a time,” the obit said.
Marilyn DeLaigle spent six years in Germany with her husband Herbet while he was in the Army “and lived in many States during his 20 years in the service,” according to the obit.
She was also a Cub Scout Leader, a former flower shop owner and a lover of animals.
Herbert DeLaigle, according to his obituary, was a retired Master Sergeant in the United States Army.
‘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’ Herbert DeLaigle said in a 2018 interview with WRDW.
Marilyn DeLaigle went on to spend six years in Germany with her husband who served there during the Second World War. He served again in Korea and Vietnam before eventually retiring from the Army after 22 years of service. Together they had six children and a total of 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and even three great-great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held for the DeLaigles on Monday this week.