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In Search of True Love
Most of us dream of finding "true love" but in this world full of cynics and skeptics and where material well being rules, true love is considered as a romantic fantasy and nothing more. But sometimes dreams do come true!
As we sell wedding dresses and speak with brides from all over the world, we know this dream is the same, no matter in every corner of the globe. Like so many, we were drawn to this headline.
Ohio Couple Married 70 Years Die 15 Hours Apart
And this story is no fantasy!
Helen Felumlee died at 92 on April 12. Her 91-year-old husband Kenneth died the next morning, 15 hours after Helen passed.
The couple's children say the two had been inseparable since meeting as teenagers, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping even one night apart. They remained deeply in love until the very end, even eating breakfast together while holding hands. Their daughter Linda Cody said "we knew when one went, the other was going to go."
According to Linda, about 12 hours after Helen died, Kenneth looked at his children and said, "Mom's dead." He quickly began to fade and was surrounded by 24 of his closest family members and friends when he died the next morning.
"He was ready," she said. "He just didn't want to leave her here by herself."
The couple's son Dick said his parents died of old age, surrounded by family. "At Dad's bed we were singing his favorite hymns, reading scriptures and praying with him," he told The Associated Press in an email. "It was a going away party, and we know he loved it."
Best Friends and Young Love
The pair had known each other for several years when they eloped in 1944. Kenneth worked as a railroad car inspector and mechanic before becoming a mail carrier for the Nashport Post Office. He was also active as a Sunday school teacher.
Helen stayed at home, not only cooking and cleaning for her own family but also for other families in need in the area. She taught Sunday school too, but was known more for her greeting card ministry, sending cards for birthdays, sympathy and the holidays to everyone in her community, each with a personal note inside. "She kept Hallmark in business," daughter-in-law Debbie Felumlee joked.
When Kenneth retired in 1983 and the children began to leave the house, the couple began to explore their love of travel, visiting almost all 50 states by bus. "He didn't want to fly anywhere because you couldn't see anything as you were going," Jim Felumlee said.
Although both experienced declining health in recent years, daughter Linda said, each tried to stay strong for the other. "That's what kept them going," she said.
Kenneth and Helen Felumlee with their eight children
This is the kind of beautiful story of true love that give hope to all of us and one we are happy to share.
Story Courtesy The Associated Press.